The 2019 F1 season has just one qualifying session left. All but one of the teammate battles had been decided in advance of the Brazilian Grand...
George Russell is a British Formula 1 driver who drives for the Williams F1 team. The rookie joined the team at 20 years old and has high expectations across the grid after a very successful 2018 campaign. His team mate will be veteran Robert Kubica, who makes his comeback after nine years out of F1.
Russell is one of four rookies on the grid in 2019. The Englishman’s rise through the ranks of the junior formulae was capped off with a championship win in the FIA Formula 2 series, winning out in a battle with fellow rookie Lando Norris.
Born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, Russell has risen from Formula Renault 2.0 to the premier stage of single-seater racing in just five seasons, taking championship titles in F2, GP3 and Formula 4 along the way.
Russell dominates junior formula
George Russell’s first major championship win came in Formula 4. It won him the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in which he was rewarded with a test for the McLaren F1 team as well as £100,000 in prize money.
His exploits behind the wheel eventually attracted the attention of Mercedes ahead of his debut in GP3 and was signed to ART Grand Prix for the season. Their faith in the youngster appeared to be well placed as Russell took the crown in his first season in the series by taking four victories. He also secured three pole positions and scoring five podiums on the way to the title.
Formula 2 champion
Having graduated to Formula 2, Russell was announced as one of the two Mercedes reserve drivers for the 2018 season.
After a difficult start to the season, he took his first race win in the series in Baku, fighting his way back through the field to recover from 12th in the order.
He went on to record a further six wins and 8 podium finishes to take the F2 championship having fought with fellow Brit Norris for much of the season. Seven wins in a rookie campaign in Formula 2 is a record-equalling amount, with only Stoffel Vandoorne winning as many in his first season in the sport.
F1 and future
Although he is having his F1 rookie season in 2019 with Williams, Russell has completed multiple tests in F1 so far with Mercedes AMG F1. During the in-season test in Hungary in 2018, he even topped the time charts for the day when he drove the Mercedes W09, the car in which Lewis Hamilton would become champion later that year. Russell was also given the opportunity to drive for Force India during practice for the 2017 Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
The young Englishman will be hoping that Williams Racing will be able to reverse their ill fortune as of late and be a part of a comeback. The team once founded by Sir Frank Williams recorded their worst ever finish in the team’s history in Formula One last year, finishing 10th and last in the constructors’ championship.
Russell, however, will still eye one of the Mercedes seats for the coming years, with the youngster still being in their drivers’ program. Could he be the one to dethrone Lewis Hamilton as the reigning champion in the future?
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George Russell makes big claim ahead of next season
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