Formula 1 Racing

Russell would welcome “anyone” team mate

George Russell, Mercedes, Monaco, 2024

In the round-up: George Russell says he is open to any driver joining him at Mercedes in 2025

In brief

Russell would welcome “anyone” team mate

With Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes at the end of this season, George Russell says he is opening to anyone joining him next season, including Mercedes junior F2 driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

“I think Kimi is a fantastic driver,” Russell said. “Obviously racing in Formula 2 this year, but he’s no doubt going to be a Formula 1 driver in the future and he’s a fellow junior driver as well, coming through the ranks, as I did with the team. So I think it makes for a great opportunity for Mercedes building into the future.

“But as I said before, I’d welcome anybody as my team-mate. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good team-mate right now as it is. So yeah, I’d welcome anybody.”

Foster takes Indy Nxt pole

Louis Foster secured pole position for today’s Indy Nxt series race in Detroit, ahead of championship leader Jacob Abel.

Caio Collet secured third on the grid, with Jamie Chadwick qualifying in fourth place.

Slater makes it four in Italian F4

Freddie Slater took his fourth straight win in the Italian F4 series to further extend his championship lead.

The Prema driver took the opening race of the weekend at Imola from Hiyu Yamakoshi with Aksha Bohra in third. Slater now sits on a perfect score of 100 points with victory in ever round, 46 points ahead of team mate Alex Powell in second, who retired from the race.

YouTuber SuperGT loses Nurburgring license

Simracer Steve Brown – known as ‘SuperGT’ on YouTube – was barred from participating with his team mates in this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours after he was found to have driven too fast under a yellow flag zone in qualifying.

Brown was due to race alongside fellow simracing personality Jimmy Broadbent, Mikhail Charoudin and Manuel Metzger in a Black Falcon-operated GT4 BMW M4 in the endurance race. However, he was recorded travelling at 145km/h in a Code60 zone, where the maximum speed limit is 60km/h, during the second qualifying session. As a result, his team were handed a 90-second stop-and-go penalty for the race and Brown’s Nordschleife license was revoked, meaning he was barred from participating in this weekend’s race.

Brown will be permitted to reapply for his license and, if successful, will be allowed to race in future events at the circuit.

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