Hamilton missed last Sunday's Sakhir GP, but the FIA and Mercedes both confirmed that he had passed a number of negative COVID-19 tests after completing a 10-day quarantine period in Bahrain
Formula 1 2020: From new Grand Prix winner to two debutants, why 2020 Sakhir GP will long be remembered
Racing Point's Sergio Perez won the Sakhir Grand Prix in his penultimate race for the team and without a drive for next season.
Formula 1 2020: Mercedes' Valteri Bottas says he was made to look 'like a fool' by stand-in George Russell in Sakhir GP
The Mercedes pair finished eighth and ninth, with Bottas ahead, after an action-filled race, but it was Russell who shone as he had a stunning maiden victory taken from him by a bungled pit stop and a late puncture.
Lewis Hamilton has to complete a full recovery and return a negative coronavirus test result by Thursday — and, if not, super-sub Russell, on loan from Williams, will take his seat again.
The Racing Point driver finished 10.5 seconds ahead of Renault's Esteban Ocon and 11.9 clear of teammate Lance Stroll.
Formula 1 2020: Mercedes chief Toto Wolff praises 'finance guy' George Russell after second-place qualification in Sakhir GP
The 22-year-old Williams driver, loaned to Mercedes this weekend to substitute for coronavirus victim and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, was only 0.026 seconds slower than Mercedes team-mate and pole-man Valtteri Bottas.
Formula 1 2020: Romain Grosjean gets behind wheel of car again after cheating death in horror crash fireball in Bahrain
Just six days after Romain Grosjean extricated himself from the blaze that engulfed him on the opening lap of last Sunday's race, he was back in the paddock again.
Verstappen moved up the leaderboard late in the session to finish .21 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and .36 clear of Bottas' temporary teammate George Russell.
Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend and was ruled out of Sunday's Sakhir Grand Prix after waking up on Monday with mild symptoms.
Formula 1 2020: Substitute George Russell upstages Valtteri Bottas to top Sakhir Grand Prix practices
Russell outpaced second-placed Verstappen of Red Bull by 0.323 seconds while Bottas struggled to deliver a clean timed lap and wound up down in 11th
Formula 1 2020: George Russell to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for Sakhir GP; Jack Aitken to step in at Williams
Russell becomes just the third British driver to represent Mercedes in Formula One after Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 2020: George Russell gets backing of Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean after safety car crash in Imola
Russell was 10th and likely to claim his first point in F1 and Williams' of the season when he lost control of his car
Formula 1 2020: Williams' George Russell says he's 'very lucky' to escape serious injury at Belgian GP
British racer Russell's car suffered extensive damage and a rear wheel flew across the track ahead of him during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
Formula 1: Max Verstappen tells George Russell to mind his own business after Hungarian GP qualifiers
Verstappen was on pole in Hungary last year and had been seen as a contender for victory on Sunday but Red Bull have struggled.
Formula 1 2020: British racer George Russell insists he's part of Williams after reports of Mercedes move
George Russell, who signed a three-year deal with Williams before joining last season, said he did not feel ‘overlooked’ by current world champions Mercedes.
Indian racing driver Jehan Daruvala in February made headlines after Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing inducted him into their junior programme.
Williams driver George Russell registers fourth successive victory in virtual Grand Prix series ahead of Formula 1 season resumption
Williams driver George Russell took his fourth successive virtual Formula One victory on Sunday in the last race before the real season starts in Austria in July.
Williams' George Russell completes hat-trick of esports wins to lead virtual Formula 1 grand prix series
Russell, who failed to score a point on the real racetrack last year in an uncompetitive car after winning the 2018 F2 title, led from pole to chequered flag on the simulated Baku circuit.
Russell was unable to score a point with an uncompetitive car in F1 last season but he has impressed online in a series he started doing for fun during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Williams' George Russell wins virtual Formula One Monaco GP; Mercedes reserve Esteban Gutierrez finishes second
George Russell took a runaway win for Williams in Formula One’s virtual Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the day the cancelled showcase race should have taken place in real life.