Gremlins grind George to a halt in Austrian Grand Prix
A fuel pressure problem forced George Russell to retire from the 2020 season opener.
The 20-year-old British racing driver will make his Formula One race debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix and joins Williams with an impressive racing resume. The 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner stepped up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year, which he is currently leading, whilst also fulfilling a Reserve Driver role for Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport.
George boasts a strong karting pedigree, winning the 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Championship in his first year of single-seater racing. George progressed to the Formula 3 European Championship for two seasons, and then went onto win the GP3 championship in his rookie 2017 season with two races to spare.
George comes to Williams as an official race driver for the team having tested several times for the Mercedes and Force India Formula One teams.
Speaking about the announcement, George Russell said;
“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 Mercedes, for their unparalleled support throughout GP3, Formula 2 and this year in F1.
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 this exciting part of their 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 working with him moving forward.”
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