George Russell

Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 - Primary Driver

In October 2018, George was announced as Williams Formula One Primary Driver for Williams Martini Racing and signed a multi-year contract with the British based team. He will take up his role at the start of the 2019 season and will also remain as a Mercedes young driver.

A true rising star in motorsport, George was previously the Formula 1 reserve and test driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, as well as the primary driver for ART Grand Prix in the FIA Formula 2 series.

Currently leading the 2018 FIA Formula 2 drivers’ championship, the 20-year-old is hotly-tipped to secure a Formula 1  with his Free Practice 1 appearances with Sahara Force India. George’s 2018 FIA Formula 2 season has so far seen him claim victories on five occasions and reach the podium nine times.

In 2017, the Briton triumphed in his debut season in the GP3 series, winning the championship by a commanding 80 points with two races to spare. He accumulated a record number of points per race weekend, including four wins, four pole-positions, seven podium finishes and six fastest laps.

This followed two years in FIA Formula 3, where George finished in third place in the championship in 2016. One of his particular highlights from the season was capturing pole-position at the Macau Grand Prix circuit on his very first attempt. 2016 was also the year the young driver secured his second consecutive FIA European Formula 3 title.

George’s previous successes include claiming the BRDC Formula 4 Championship title in 2014 in his maiden season of single-seater racing, alongside winning the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race. These significant achievements did not go unnoticed and in the same year, he was awarded the prestigious McLaren BRDC Autosport Award, becoming the youngest-ever recipient at just 16 years old.

George’s natural talent was obvious from his very first days in karting in Norfolk where he began competing at just 8 years old. His karting titles include CIK-FIA European Junior Champion in both 2012 and 2013, where he defeated current Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon, and Super One British Champion in the Rotax Mini Max category.


Key Facts

• 5 victories and 9 podium finishes in 2018 FIA Formula 2
• Reigning GP3 Series Champion
• Youngest recipient of McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

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Leading the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship

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