George Russell (born 15 February 1998) is a British racing driver, who made his debut for Williams at the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.[1] An accomplished driver in junior formulae and a member of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, Russell had previous experience of F1 prior to his debut, having tested for Mercedes and acted as a reserve driver for the Silver Arrows and Williams during 2018.[2][3]

Background[edit | edit source]

Russell's career would begin in karting at the age of eight, before progressing through the ranks to become a two-time CIK-FIA European Champion in 2012. A year later Russell came 19th in the KF1 CIK-FIA World Championship, before making a move to Formula Renault 2.0 Alps in 2014.

Single Seater Surge[edit | edit source]

The 2.0 Alps was not to be Russell's only venture in Formula Renault in 2014, with the Brit also taking part in the Eurocup at select races. Furthermore, the Brit would compete in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, duly snatching that title at the end of the season. Indeed, despite failing to win in his other categories, Russell's triumph in F4 earned him a GP3 Series test, as well as the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and a test with McLaren Racing in a Formula One car.[4]

For 2015 Russell gained a seat in the Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin Motorsport, and duly won the opening race of the season. A further series of strong performances would see Russell just miss out on the title to Charles Leclerc, with Russell ultimately sticking with the F3 Championship for 2016. An additional couple of victories saw Russell finish the season in third, before making the move to GP3 in 2017.

Mercedes Member[edit | edit source]

On 19 January 2017 Russell signed two contracts, one to join the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, putting him in a prime position for a future Formula One career, and the other to join ART Grand Prix in GP3.[5] It was a relatively slow start to Russell's GP3 career, with the Brit having to wait until his second race weekend to stand on top of the podium. However, that result would be the start of a huge run of podiums and victories for Russell, with the Brit taking four wins to head into the final round having already secured the title.[6]

For 2018 Russell moved to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, again racing with ART and teammate Jack Aitken.[7] The Brit duly made a strong start to his F2 career, claiming victory in only his fourth F2 start, before launching a bid to become Champion at the first attempt. Indeed, Russell would head to the 2018 season finale in the lead of the Championship, and overwhelming favourite to take the crown against Alexander Albon.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Russell first came to the attention of the Formula One field in 2017, with Mercedes signing the young Brit up to their Junior Team.[5] That deal resulted in Russell becoming their test/reserve driver for the season, with a run-out at the 2017 Budapest Test for the Silver Arrows, as well as a few FP1 appearances later in the season for Force India.[8] Russell subsequently signed as Williams and Force India's test and reserve driver for the 2018 season, as well as a Mercedes test driver alongside Pascal Wehrlein.[3]

Williams Wrestles[edit | edit source]

For 2019, however, Mercedes managed to engineer a full race drive for Russell, with the Brit signed up to join Mercedes premium customers Williams for the year.[1] The Brit was set to replace Lance Stroll at the team, and be partnered by Sergey Sirotkin. However the team chose not to retain Sirotkin and instead chose Robert Kubica to be the Brit’s teammate.

George will continue to race for Williams in 2020.

After Lewis Hamilton was tested positive for COVID-19 after the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, Russell was announced to replace Hamilton in Mercedes at the next race, thus making his debut in the team.[9]

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Junior Career
2017–2018 Mercedes Young Driver Programme
Senior Career
2017 Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes Test Driver
India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes Test Driver
2018 Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team[2] Mercedes Test Driver
United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team[2] Force India-Mercedes Test Driver
United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing[3] Williams-Mercedes Test Driver
2019 United Kingdom ROKiT Williams Racing[1] Williams-Mercedes 0 20th Report
2020 United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes 3 18th Report
Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Mercedes
2021 United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Correct as of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying

Entries 42
Starts 42
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 1
Points 3
Laps Raced 2242
Distance Raced 11237 km (6982 mi)
Races Led 1
Laps Led 59
Distance Led 209 km (130 mi)

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Pts Pos
2017 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
TD TD
2019 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 0 20th
16th 15th 16th 15th 17th 15th 16th 19th 18th 14th 11th 16th 15th 14th Ret Ret 16th 16th 17th 12th 17th
2020 Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Styria.png Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Tuscany.png Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Emilia-Romagna.png Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 3 18th
Ret 16th 18th 12th 18th 17th Ret 14th 11th 18th Ret 14th Ret 16th 12th 9th 15th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Andrew Benson, 'Formula 1: George Russell joins Williams to become third British driver in 2019', bbc.co.uk/sport, (British Broadcasting Company, 12/10/2018), https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/45831954, (Accessed 12/10/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mitchell, Scott (22 February 2018). "Wehrlein, Russell to share Mercedes F1 reserve driver role in 2018". Autosport (Motorsport Network). https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/134490/wehrlein-russell-to-share-mercedes-reserve-role. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Benson, Andrew (23 February 2018). "Oliver Rowland: Williams name Briton as their young driver for 2018 season". bbc.co.uk/sport (BBC). http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/43168585. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. Scott Mitchell, 'George Russell wins 2014 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award', autosport.com, (Haymarket Publications, 07/11/2014), https://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/117079, (Accessed 27/06/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Laurence Edmondson, 'British racing driver George Russell added to Mercedes' junior programme', espn.co.uk, (ESPN Inc., 19/01/2017), http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/18508537/british-racing-driver-george-russell-added-mercedes-junior-programme, (Accessed 27/06/2018)
  6. 'GEORGE RUSSELL TAKES THE 2017 GP3 SERIES TITLE AT JEREZ', georgerussellracing.com, (George Russell Promotions, 08/10/2017), https://www.georgerussellracing.com/press/george-russell-takes-the-2017-gp3-series-title-at-jerez, (Accessed 27/06/2018)
  7. Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Mercedes F1 junior Russell seals F2 promotion with ART', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 18/01/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/gp3-champion-russell-seals-f2-promotion-with-art-996926/?s=1, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
  8. AG, Mercedes-Benz by Daimler, www.mercedesamgf1.com, (Mercedes-Benz A.G., 2017), https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/mercedes-amg-f1/george-russell-to-test-w08-in-budapest/, (Accessed 12/10/2018)
  9. "Mercedes Confirms George Russell for Sakhir GP". www.mercedesamgf1.com. 2 December 2020. https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/news/2020/2020-sakhir-grand-prix/2020-sakhir-grand-prix-reserve-driver-announcement/. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
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