George Russell (racing driver)

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George Russell
2019 Formula One tests Barcelona, Russell (33376134568).jpg
Russell in 2019
Born (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 21)
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
2019 teamWilliams-Mercedes
Car number63
Entries17 (17 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2019 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2019 Japanese Grand Prix
Previous series
2018
2017
201516

2014
2014
2014
FIA Formula 2 Championship
GP3 Series
FIA European Formula 3 Championship
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Championship titles
2018
2017
2014
FIA Formula 2 Championship
GP3 Series
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Awards
2014
2015
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
BRDC SuperStar

George Russell (born 15 February 1998) is a British racing driver currently competing in the 2019 Formula One World Championship for the Williams team. He was the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Champion for ART and the 2017 GP3 Series Champion.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk,[1] Russell began karting in 2006 and progressed through to the cadet class by 2009, becoming MSA British champion and British Open champion. In 2010 he moved to the Rotax Mini Max category where he became Super One British champion, Formula Kart Stars British champion and also won the Kartmasters British Grand Prix. Russell graduated to the KF3 class in 2011, winning the SKUSA Supernationals title and becoming CIK-FIA European Champion, a title he successfully defended in 2012.[2] In his final year of karting in 2013, Russell finished 19th in the KF1 CIK-FIA World Championship.[1][3]

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

In 2014, Russell made his single-seater debut, racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship. He originally signed to race for Prema Powerteam,[4] before making a last-minute switch to Koiranen GP.[5] Despite missing a round through illness, he finished fourth in the championship, taking a single podium finish at the Red Bull Ring.[6]

Russell also contested two rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship. He took part in the Moscow round with Koiranen GP before switching to Tech 1 Racing for the final round of the season at Jerez. Racing as a guest entrant, he won the final race of the season after starting from pole position.[7]

Formula 4[edit]

In 2014, Russell also competed in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship with defending champions Lanan Racing.[8] He entered the final race of the season at Snetterton in a four-way title battle with teammate Arjun Maini and the HHC Motorsport pairing of Sennan Fielding and Raoul Hyman.[9] After starting from pole position, Russell won the race, his fifth of the season, to clinch the title by just three points from Maini.[10]

As a prize for winning the BRDC Formula 4 championship, Russell tested a GP3 car with Arden Motorsport at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.[11] In December 2014, Russell became the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, beating fellow finalists Alexander Albon, Ben Barnicoat, Sennan Fielding, Seb Morris and Harrison Scott to earn himself a £100,000 cash prize, British Racing Drivers' Club membership and a Formula One test with McLaren.[12]

In February 2015, Russell was announced as one of the twelve drivers selected to join the British Racing Drivers' Club SuperStars programme, the youngest-ever recruit to the scheme.[13]

FIA Formula 3 European Championship[edit]

Russell competing at Spa during the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Russell graduated to Formula Three in 2015, racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Carlin.[14] He took his first race victory in the opening round of the season at Silverstone, finishing ahead of fellow debutant Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi in the second race of the weekend.[15] He took a further two podium places at Spa-Francorchamps and the Norisring to finish sixth in the championship.[16] He also finished as runner-up to Leclerc in the rookie championship standings.[17]

In September 2015, Russell took part in the Masters of Formula 3 non-championship event held at Zandvoort. After finishing fourth in the qualification race,[18] he went on to finish second behind teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the main race.[19] Russell was also scheduled to compete in the Macau Grand Prix with Carlin, but was replaced by Japanese Euroformula Open Championship driver Yu Kanamaru shortly before the event.[20]

Russell switched to Hitech GP for the 2016 season, scored two victories and finished third in the standings.

GP3 Series[edit]

On 19 January 2017, Russell signed with ART Grand Prix for the upcoming GP3 Series season.[21] He had previously driven for the team at the post-season test at Yas Marina in November 2016.[22]

Russell made a solid start to the season at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, where he finished the weekend with 4th and 5th position finishes. The next race at the Red Bull Ring saw him take his maiden pole position and victory in the GP3 Series.[23] Russell scored back to back pole positions at his 'home race' at Silverstone, before converting this into another victory in the first race of the weekend and taking 4th position in the second race, on his way to taking the championship lead.[24]

George Russell GP3 Series during Spa GP 2017
George Russell on 26 August 2017 at Spa-Francorchamps

A dominant performance at Spa-Francorchamps soon followed which saw Russell build his championship lead advantage, after taking a victory and a 2nd position in the two races, alongside Pole Position and Fastest Lap in both races.[25]

The next round at Monza saw only one GP3 Series event take place after adverse weather conditions resulting into the Saturday Race being cancelled.[26] Russell won a titanic tussle with his ART Grand Prix teammates Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert to seal his fourth victory of the season.[27]

Russell had taken four victories, three pole positions and five further podiums to put him in a position to seal the championship at Jerez, with a complete round of the championship still to run at Yas Marina. Russell won the 2017 GP3 Series title after taking 4th position in race two, giving him an unassailable lead in the championship standings.[28]

FIA Formula 2[edit]

Russell competing at the Red Bull Ring during the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship
On the podium after winning the Austrian feature race in 2018

On 18 January 2018 Russell was confirmed as a driver for ART Grand Prix for the 2018 FIA F2 Championship,[29] which would see the new Dallara F2/18 make its debut in the expanding 12-race calendar.[30] He was also confirmed as the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 Reserve Driver, sharing duties with Pascal Wehrlein on 22 February 2018.[31]

Russell qualified in 2nd position on debut at Bahrain, finishing 5th in the opening round of the championship.[32]

At Baku for the second round of the championship, Russell led the majority of the Feature Race before a late safety car caused drama at the restart, denying him a maiden victory in the series.[33] Coming through from the back in the Sprint Race, Russell set the fastest lap on his way to taking victory from 12th on the grid.[34]

Russell took his second victory of the season at Barcelona, after prevailing in a nail-biting duel with Nyck de Vries, taking his maiden Feature Race win of the season.[35] He followed that up with 4th in the Sprint Race to move up to 2nd in the Championship Standings.[36]

In Monte-Carlo, Russell had an engine failure in Free Practice which severely limited his running. Russell was on the back foot, qualifying in 16th position and endured two races outside of the points.

Russell hit back in France at the Le Castellet (Paul Ricard Circuit), taking his maiden pole position in FIA F2.[37] He led a wet / dry challenging race from lights-to-flag and took his third victory of the championship.[38]

He would later go on to win the title with victory in the feature race at Abu Dhabi after a season long fight with fellow Brit Lando Norris.

Formula One[edit]

On 19 January 2017, Russell joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as a part of their junior driver programme.[39] It was announced that Russell would take part in both days of the Budapest Test on the 1–2 August, which followed the Formula One World Championship and support series races at the same circuit from the weekend before.[40] On 7 November 2017 it was announced that Russell would make his Formula One practice debut at the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix driving in the first practice session for Force India. Subsequently it was announced that he would also drive for them in first practice session for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[41]

Russell was announced as one of the Pirelli Tyre Test Drivers for Force India at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test on 1 May 2018.[42] He completed 123 laps for the team at the test, his first in a Formula One car with 2018 specifications.[43]

Williams (2019)[edit]

In October 2018 it was announced that Russell would be driving for the Williams Formula 1 Team at the start of the 2019 season where he will be partnered by Robert Kubica.[44][45]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Lanan Racing 24 5 3 4 11 483 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Koiranen GP 12 0 0 0 1 123 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Tech 1 Racing 2 1 1 1 1
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 33 1 0 0 3 203 6th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship HitechGP 30 2 3 3 10 264 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 1 0 0 N/A 7th
2017 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 15 4 4 5 7 220 1st
Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship ART Grand Prix 24 7 5 6 11 287 1st
2019 Formula One ROKiT Williams Racing 17 0 0 0 0 0* 20th*

As Russell was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 Carlin Volkswagen SIL
1

8
SIL
2

1
SIL
3

5
HOC
1

11
HOC
2

9
HOC
3

18
PAU
1

8
PAU
2

6
PAU
3

8
MNZ
1

8
MNZ
2

6
MNZ
3

7
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

13
SPA
3

3
NOR
1

10
NOR
2

5
NOR
3

2
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

5
ZAN
3

6
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

7
RBR
3

9
ALG
1

10
ALG
2

5
ALG
3

4
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

8
NÜR
3

10
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

8
HOC
3

Ret
6th 203
2016 Hitech GP Mercedes LEC
1

3
LEC
2

11
LEC
3

18
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

4
HUN
3

Ret
PAU
1

4
PAU
2

1
PAU
3

3
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

Ret
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

9
NOR
3

Ret
ZAN
1

7
ZAN
2

9
ZAN
3

5
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

1
SPA
3

3
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

7
IMO
1

4
IMO
2

3
IMO
3

2
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

6
HOC
3

Ret
3rd 264

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2017 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

4
CAT
SPR

5
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

DNS
HUN
SPR

11
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

C
JER
FEA

2
JER
SPR

4
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

4
1st 220

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2018 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

5
BHR
SPR

19
BAK
FEA

12
BAK
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

4
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
LEC
FEA

1
LEC
SPR

17
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

8
SPA
FEA

3
SPA
SPR

7
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

1
SOC
FEA

4
SOC
SPR

1
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

4
1st 287

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2017 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS CHN BHR RUS ESP MON CAN AZE AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA
TD
ABU
TD
2019 ROKiT Williams Racing Williams FW42 Mercedes M10 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
16
BHR
15
CHN
16
AZE
15
ESP
17
MON
15
CAN
16
FRA
19
AUT
18
GBR
14
GER
11
HUN
16
BEL
15
ITA
14
SIN
Ret
RUS
Ret
JPN
18
MEX USA BRA ABU 20th* 0*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jake Hughes
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Will Palmer
Preceded by
Charles Leclerc
GP3 Series
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
Anthoine Hubert
Preceded by
Charles Leclerc
FIA Formula 2 Championship
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
Nyck de Vries
Awards
Preceded by
Matt Parry
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2014
Succeeded by
Will Palmer