George Russell Racing For Williams in 2019
Williams Racing is pleased to confirm George Russell’s appointment to a race seat from the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship with a multi-year agreement.
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.
Currently, he is leading the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year along with being a test and reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
George Russell: “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 who 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 Toto (Wolff) and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 1. I am incredible excited to start working with everything at Grove and to make my first steps as a Formula One race driver – I cannot wait for Melbourne next year and to join Williams at the start of what we all believe will be an exciting new journey.”
Claire Williams: “I am delighted to announce that George Russell will be joining Williams for 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 spent with him so far, we believe that he will be a great fit for the team, his commitment and passion is exactly what we need and we need to drive the positive momentum building at Grove.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome George and work with him moving forward.”