GEORGE RUSSELL has been confirmed as a driver for the Williams System One group – making it a hat-trick of British drivers on the grid in 2019.
The 20-year-old from King’s Lynn will be part of world champion Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s rookie, Lando Norris, on the season-opener in Melbourne after being handed his break by Williams.
Russell, who’s a part of the Mercedes Younger Driver Programme, has signed a multi-year take care of Grove-based group after an settlement between Merc boss Toto Wolff and Williams’s Deputy Staff Principal, Claire Williams.
He stated: “It’s a enormous honour to hitch a group of Williams’ status and heritage. System One has been a life-long dream.
“From watching the races after I was a baby, it feels surreal that I’ll now be lining up on the grid, alongside drivers whom I’ve admired for years.
“I want to thank Claire and everybody at Williams for his or her religion in making this resolution, in addition to Toto and the group at Mercedes for his or her incredible assist all through GP3 and System 2.
“I’m extremely excited to start out working with everybody at Grove and to take my first steps as a System One race driver.
“I can’t await Melbourne subsequent 12 months and to hitch Williams initially of what all of us consider would be the begin of an thrilling new journey.”
Russell began racing karts in 2006 and rapidly progressed via the decrease components, successful the BRDC System four Championship at his first try.
He additionally gained the GP3 championship in his rookie season in 2017 and at present leads the FIA System 2 Championship this 12 months from Norris.
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Williams says she hopes that Russell’s enthusiasm will assist drive the group ahead after a tough season.
She added: “I’m delighted to announce that George Russell shall be becoming a member of Williams from the 2019 season.
“We have now all the time tried to advertise and develop younger expertise at Williams, and George matches that ethos completely.
“He’s already extremely regarded within the paddock and a driver whose profession now we have been awaiting some time.
“Within the time now we have spent with him thus far, we consider that he shall be an excellent match for our group; his dedication, ardour and dedication is strictly what we have to drive the constructive momentum constructing at Grove as we concentrate on the longer term.
“We’re extraordinarily excited to welcome George and work with him transferring ahead.”