George Russell will become Britain’s third Formula 1 driver for the 2019 season after signing a multi-year deal to race for Williams.
Who is George Russell?
Born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk in 1998, Russell currently races in Formula 2 and is a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport test and reserve driver. He will become the first British driver to race full-time for Williams since Jenson Button in 2000. F1.com reports that he will be 21 when he makes his F1 debut in Melbourne, Australia next March.
What he says about the move
George Russell said: “It is a huge honour to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage. Formula 1 has been a life-long dream. From watching the races when I was a child, it feels surreal that I will now be lining up on the grid, alongside drivers whom I have admired for years. I would like to thank Claire [Williams] and everyone at Williams for their faith in making this decision, as well as Toto [Wolff] and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 2. I am incredibly excited to start working with everyone at Grove and to take my first steps as a Formula 1 race driver. I cannot wait for Melbourne next year and to join Williams at the start of what we all believe will be the start of an exciting new journey.”
What Williams Racing say
Claire Williams, deputy team principal, Williams: “I am delighted to announce that George Russell will be joining Williams from the 2019 season. We have always tried to promote and develop young talent at Williams, and George fits that ethos perfectly. He is already highly regarded in the paddock and a driver whose career we have been watching for a while. In the time we have spent with him so far, we believe that he will be a great fit for our team; his commitment, passion and dedication is exactly what we need to drive the positive momentum building at Grove as we focus on the future. We are extremely excited to welcome George and work with him moving forward.”