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From BRDC F4 to F1! George Russell signs with Williams for 2019

Monday, October 15 2018

George Russell, champion of the MSV-run BRDC F4 series has been confirmed as a Williams F1 driver for 2019.

The 20-year-old, who claimed the BRDC F4 title in 2014, has been part of the Mercedes F1 junior driver scheme since 2017, and since then has gone on to win the GP3 Championship, and is on course to take the honours in Formula 2 this season.

As well as continued racing success, marking him out as one of Britain's top rising single-seater talents, Russell has enjoyed numerous F1 test outings in Mercedes engined cars, including runs with Force India during the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix events last year, plus tests with the dominant Mercedes AMG Petronas team.

Russell commented: "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."

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, commented; "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."

Russell competed in 24 races of the BRDC F4 Championship in 2014, winning the title in a tense finale at Snetterton, which saw him emerge just three points clear of Arjun Maini, who like Russell, is racing in F2 and is an F1 junior with the Haas team.

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