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George Russell

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11/03/2019

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George Russell

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15/02/1998
21
1.85m
66kg
Single
Kings Lynn, England
Oxford, England

Official website:
www.georgerussellracing.com/

BIOGRAPHY

George began karting in 2006 aged 8, and within three years was MSA British champion and British Open champion in the Cadet Class.

He moved up to Rotax Mini Max in 2010, winning the Super One British and Formula Kart Stars British championships at the first attempt along with the Kartmasters British Grand Prix

Moving up to KF3 in 2011, he won the SKUSA Supernationals title as well as becoming CIK-FIA European Champion, a title he successfully defended in 2012.

In 2013, his final year of karting in 2013, George finished 19th in the KF1 CIK-FIA World Championship in addition to winning the WSK Euro Series in La Conca.

2014 saw him make his single-seater debut, contesting the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship. Though originally signed to Prema Powerteam, he made a last minutes switch to Koiranen GP, and despite missing one round due to illness finished fourth in the championship.

Along with the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship, George contested the BRDC Formula 4 Championship with Lanan Racing. Starting from pole, George won the final race of the season at Snetterton - his fifth win of the season - thus claiming the title at the first attempt

2014 also saw George contest two rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, contesting the Moscow event with Koiranen GP and the Jerez round with Tech 1 Racing. Albeit racing as a guest entrant, he won the final race of the season after starting from pole.

As part of his prize for winning the BRDC Formula 4 championship, George tested a GP3 car with Arden Motorsport in Abu Dhabi. Weeks later he became the youngest-ever winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, earning himself a 100,000 cash prize and an F1 test with McLaren.

In February 2015, George was announced as one of the drivers selected to join the British Racing Drivers' Club SuperStars programme, the youngest-ever recruit to the scheme.

2015 and 2016 saw him contesting the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, finishing 6th at the first attempt and third at the second. While he raced for Carlin in 2015 he switched to Hitech for 2016.

Interestingly, in both seasons, George won the opening race of the championship, at Silverstone and Paul Ricard respectively.

In January 2017, in addition to joining Mercedes junior driver programme, George signed to ART Grand Prix for the forthcoming GP3 season.

With four wins, three poles and five further podiums, George wrapped up the title in Jerez with one round of the championship still remaining.

In August, he made his F1 debut, driving the Mercedes on both days of the post-Hungary GP test at the Hungaroring.

Meanwhile, his GP3 success saw him rewarded with FP1 outings in both Brazil and Abu Dhabi with Force India.

At the launch of Mercedes 2018 contender, the German team announced that George would share reserve driver duties with Pascal Wehrlein, in addition to contesting the F2 championship with Art Grand Prix.

In F2, George amassed more victories than any other driver, as well as the most pole positions, laps led and even the total amount of podiums, despite numerous reliability issues.

Claiming the championship, ahead of fellow-Briton Lando Norris, at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, he sealed it in style with his seventh win of the year.

At a time Mercedes was looking desperately for a seat in which it could place Esteban Ocon, in mid-October a deal was agreed with Williams that would see George form part of an all-new line-up for 2019 with Robert Kubica. Ironically, the Briton subsequently made his FP1 debut, with Racing Point Force India, driving the VJM11 in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Like countryman Norris, Russell makes his F1 race debut with a once great team currently going through very difficult times. However, George is aware that no matter how bad the FW42 is, he has the mighty Mercedes behind him looking out for his best interests in 2020 and beyond.

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