Stoffel Vandoorne admits it “hurts” to have missed out on an opportunity to return to Formula 1 in place of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.George Russell from Williams to replace Hamilton, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
“I want [to] wish Lewis Hamilton a speedy recovery and hopefully he’ll be back in the car [as soon as possible],” wrote Vandoorne on social media. “Nobody can really replace him.”
“Obviously, I’m disappointed not to get the chance to drive for Mercedes this weekend. After having spent the year travelling to all F1 races and dedicating so much time, physical training, commitment to this programme… it hurts!”
Vandoorne, who races for Mercedes in Formula E, said he supported the team’s decision to give Russell an opportunity.
“I respect the choice of putting George Russell in the car. He has been one of the standout drivers and he fully deserves this opportunity.”
“It’s moments like these that make my drive even bigger and I can assure you I’m going to continue giving 100%,” he added.
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