|Date of birth||15 February, 1998|
|Place of birth||Kings Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain|
|F1 career||2019 –|
At the age of 14, George Russell won his first karting title in 2012, winning the CIK-FIA Euro KF3 with three wins and 75 points championship and two years later he won the British Formula 4 championship with five wins and 11 podiums in 24 races.
In the same year, Russell as the new hope of British motorsport wins the prestigious McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award and in 2015 he finishes sixth in the European F3 Championship with Carlin.
Russell continued to drive in the same championship in 2016, but for Hitech GP team. He finished third with three wins and 10 podiums in 30 races. Next year he will move to the GP3 series, where he will become the champion with three wins and seven podiums in his debut season and in the same year he became a member of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Young Driver Programme.
In 2017, Russell tested the F2 car, but more importantly, he also tested the F1 cars Force of India and Mercedes. With Mercedes he had two test days at Hungaroring (a total of 916 km) and for Force India he performed on the first two free practice sessions in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
All this was more than enough for Russell to secure F2 seat in 2018 in the ART Grand Prix team, and although Lando Norris had better start, Russell had overtaken him during the year and won the title with seven wins, 11 podiums, five pole positions and five fastest laps.
In 2018, Russell continued to test F1 cars of Mercedes and their customers Williams and Force India with a total of five test days and 1834 kilometers behind the wheel.
Russell’s speed, maturity, consistency, ability to learn and progress convinced Williams to sign him for the 2019 F1 season before confirming Robert Kubica and the young Briton was present on numerous F1 races in the 2018 season in which he learned from the world champion team and of multiple world champion Lewis Hamilton whose work habits and communication he followed closely.
For all these reasons, Russell is one of the most exciting debutants that Formula 1 has seen lately, but his job is hampered by the fact that he will drive for Williams, who finished the last in the constructors’ championship in 2018.
But Charles Leclerc began his debut season in the uncompetitive Sauber but still managed to showcase all his talent and secure a place in Ferrari for F1 2019. But first, and very important task for Russell will be beating Kubica who worked incredibly hard to get back to Formula 1 racing seat for the first time since 2010.