George Russell has signed for Williams Martini Racing Formula One team for the 2019 season.
The Mercedes reserve driver who is currently leading the Formula 2 driver’s championship will partner Russian Sergey Sirotkin in the Williams line up.
George becomes the third British driver to compete in F1 in the 2019 season, with reigning world champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Russell’s Formula 2 rival Lando Norris taking up a seat at McLaren.
The 20-year-old from King’s Lynn who won the GP3 Series in 2017 already has experience driving in a F1 car with Mercedes and Force India both using him as their test driver in 2017 and 2018.
Russell who won the prestigious McLaren Autosport award in 2014 currently races for French team ART Grand Prix is on the verge of winning the Formula 2 championship, leading the series by 37 points.
Blackcastle Sport who represent George on his commercial rights management are delighted with the announcement.
Commercial Director Josh Sherry said: “George is a fantastic talent and fully deserves his chance to race in Formula One. He has proven he has the qualities and mentality to succeed at the highest level and we are delighted for him. It’s great that F1 teams are taking a chance on young drivers and we can’t wait to watch George in action next year! From a commercial perspective, George is young, British and highly talented, he is hot property right now and will be a fantastic ambassador for the sport, for Britain and for his commercial partners.’
George Russell said; “It is a huge honour to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage. Formula One 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 and everyone at Williams for their faith in making this decision, as well as Toto 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 One 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.”