20-Year Old George Russell Earns 2019 Williams Racing F1 Seat

British racing driver George Russell has signed a multi-year deal with Williams starting next season, although the 20-year old will continue his relationship with Mercedes, for which he worked as a reserve and a test driver this season.

His resume includes accolades such as BRDC F4 champion and GP3 champion in 2017. This year, the youngster is poised to secure the FIA Formula 2 title, before making his way to Formula 1 in 2019.

“It is a huge honor to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage,” said Russell in an official statement. “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 everybody at Williams for their faith in making this decision, as well as Toto and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 2.”

Meanwhile, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams went on to say that her outfit has “always tried to promote and develop young talent,” and that Russell fits their philosophy perfectly.

This is a very exciting time for Formula One, as more and more teams are signing very young drivers, a movement popularized by Max Verstappen’s amazing success – he was still only 18 when he made his racing debut for Red Bull (after driving for Toro Rosso previously).

In 2019, the following young drivers are now confirmed to line up on the grid: Charles Leclerc (20-yrs old / Ferrari), Max Verstappen (21-yrs old / Red Bull), Pierre Gasly (22-yrs old / Red Bull), Lando Norris (18-yrs old / McLaren) and now 20-year old George Russell for Williams. Should Lance Stroll either remain with Williams or join Force India, he will only serve to expand this group, as he is just 20 years old himself.

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  • Matthew Boyd

    This is good news. The kids talented and has been putting in plenty of laps as a reserve driver behind Bottas and Hamilton. Hopefully he performs well and we’ll be talking about him in a front runner Silver Arrow after the top two move on to other ventures after F1.

  • K X J I ⚪️

    But Ocon is out.

  • rover10

    Another dumb year in prospect then? Or is he another Verstappen?

    • Vassilis

      He isn’t another Max but he is pretty good.

  • LeStori

    Welcome, George Russell, to the world of the Back Marker.

  • Wonder who will fill the second seat, since Russell seems to be Mercedes choice and they paid it with engine. So the second seat should bring the money.. and here I am hoping Kubica will return.

    • Vassilis

      Me too but I think it’ll be Sirotkin.

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