F1 – Odds and tips: George Russell's odds slashed to win Sakhir GP for Mercedes

GEORGE RUSSELL will take seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton's place at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Meaning the young Brit has gone from Williams, a team that is yet to score a point this season, to driving the fastest car in F1 history.

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The 22-year-old will sit in for the reigning world champion who has tested positive for Covid-19 and been forced to self isolate.

Meaning Russell's price to win the next race have jumped from being a huge outsider to being third favourite at 3/1 with Paddy Power.

This is a huge contrast to the odds for Williams' pair Nicholas Lafiti and stand in Jack Aitken who are priced at 3000/1 to win the race.

Russell trails the favourite Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver priced at 13/10

Meanwhile Russell's temporary Merc teammate Valtteri Bottas is the close second favourite at 7/4.

Sakhir GP – Race winner odds

Max Verstappen 13/10

Valtteri Bottas 7/4

George Russell 3/1

Sergio Perez 25/1

Alexander Albon 30/1

Daniel Ricciardo 60/1

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After being given the golden opportunity, Russell said: "Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everybody at Williams for giving me this opportunity.

"I might be wearing a different race suit this weekend, but I'm a Williams driver and I'll be cheering my team on every step of the way.

"I see this as a great chance to learn from the best outfit on the grid right now and to come back as an improved driver, with even more energy and experience to help push Williams further up the grid.

"A big thank you also to Mercedes for putting their faith in me. Obviously, nobody can replace Lewis, but I'll give my all for the team in his absence from the moment I step in the car.

"Most importantly, I wish him a speedy recovery. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity and can't wait to get out on track this week."

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