- Nationality: British
- Born: 15 February 1998
- Height: 1.86m
- Weight: 68kg
When it was announced that rising British motorsport star George Russell would be making his Formula 1 debut in 2019 driving for Williams, expectations started running high and not without good reason.
George was born on February 15 1998 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. His career started on the karting track in 2006 where he went on to win the MSA British Cadet Championship and the British Open in 2009. In 2010 he started racing in the Rotax Mini Max category where he became the Super One British champion, Formula Kart Stars British Champion and won the Kartmasters British Grand Prix. The following year George graduated to the Premier Junior Karting class (KF3) and won the SKUSA Supernationals title. In 2012 and 2013 he became the CIK-FIA European Junior Champion, ending his karting career on a high note.
In 2014 George started his single-seater circuit with a bang, winning the BRDC Formula 4 Championship title in his first year. He also picked up a number of podiums finishes in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship and won at Jerez in his one off appearance at the Formula Renault Eurocup finale. Adding to his accolades in 2014, he won the prestigious McLaren BRDC Autosport Award.
In 2015, George made the switch to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for two seasons, driving for HitechGP. Powered by the Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine, George finished the 2016 season in third position, scoring two victories and ten podium.
It didn’t take long for George to get noticed by the reigning Formula One World Constructors’ Champions Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, who immediately signed him to their Junior Programme in January 2017. But George didn’t just wait to get noticed, he took his destiny into his own hands and famously e-mailed his CV to Toto Wolff, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Team Principal & CEO, who immediately proceeded to arrange a meeting.
In 2017 George started competing in Formula One’s support series GP3, racing for frontrunners ART Grand Prix. He won the GP3 Driver’s championship taking four victories, seven podiums and four pole positions. This result won him the opportunity to take part in two Formula 1 Free Practice sessions with the Sahara Force India Team.
2018 saw George move up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, again with ART Grand Prix, while also working as a Mercedes AMG Petronas Test & Reserve Driver. In F2 George took seven victories, eleven podiums and five pole positions on his way to winning the 2018 F2 Driver’s championship.
On 12 October 2018 it was announced that George Russell signed a multi-year deal with Williams and would be making his Formula 1 debut in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. Reportedly George once again took matters into his own hands, called up former Mercedes AMG Petronas Executive Director and current Williams Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe and eventually made his case for a drive with a little help from a Powerpoint presentation. There is no doubt that George Russell’s skills and determination will help boost the Williams Team’s results in 2019.
Formula 1 career statistics
- Debut: 2019
- Starts: 10
- Wins: 0
- Podiums: 0
- Career points: 0
- Pole positions: 0
- Fastest laps: 0
- 2019 Race Driver, Williams Racing
- 2018 Reserve Driver, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
- 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship, 1st – 7 wins, 11 podiums
- 2017 GP3 Series, 1st – 4 wins, 7 podiums
- 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 3rd – 2 wins, 9 podiums
- 2016 Macau Grand Prix, 5th
- 2016 Junior Programme, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
- 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 6th – 1 win, 4 podiums
- 2015 Masters of Formula 3, 2nd
- 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, 1st – 6 wins, 13 podiums
- 2008-2012 Karting: multiple title winner