George Russell is a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport supported British Racing Driver, who is the reigning 2017 GP3 Series Champion with ART Grand Prix.
George Russell is a 19 year old British Rising Star from Kings Lynn, who is aiming to make the final steps up the motorsport ladder and reach the goal of Formula One.
2016 saw the talented British 19-year old from Kings Lynn, Norfolk make a significant step to achieving his life long dream of becoming a Formula One Driver.
After a very successful second campaign in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship - where he came 3rd overall with new team Hitech GP, alongside taking pole in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix - his performances attracted the attention of the reigning Formula One World Champions.
In January 2017, Russell was announced as the latest additional to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport line-up, following in the footsteps of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.
Russell's career began with humble beginnings in karting from 2006. His talent was clear to see from an early age, as he swooped to the MSA British Cadet Champion and British Open Champion in 2009, announcing himself to the world of British Motorsport.
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 in a dominant season.
Russell graduated to the Premier Junior Karting class (KF3) the following season, where he won the SKUSA Supernationals title and became the CIK-FIA European Junior Champion in 2012 to complete his lucrative karting CV.
2014 saw Russell move up into single-seater racing, where he took the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in his maiden season, as well as picking up numerous podiums and victories in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship that he completed a part season in.
The best was yet to come - as Russell was shortlisted for the coveted McLaren BRDC Autosport Award after his breakthrough season racing cars. In a five-way shootout, Russell was announced the winning of the illustrious prize - winning himself full BRDC membership and the chance of achieve his child hood dream of driving a Formula One car - which he duly did a year later in a McLaren MP4-23 at Silverstone.
Russell duly graduated to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2015, taking his maiden victory in only the second race of the season at Silverstone. In a capacity thirty-three car grid, Russell finished the season 6th overall in a great debut campaign, competing against drivers much more experienced than himself.
A second season in FIA F3 saw Russell lead new team Hitech GP to the front of the pack. Russell went on to take three victories and ten podiums on his way to 3rd overall in the championship - before taking pole position on the streets of Macau to cap off the season.
2017 saw George meet his expectations in GP3 - as the Mercedes-AMG F1 Junior went on to take 4 Victories, 7 Podiums and 4 Pole Positions on his way to winning the Driver's championship with two races to spare.
These performances saw him be rewarded with a pair of Formula 1 Free Practise outings with the Sahara Force India Team, which he duly impressed on both occasions.
Now that he is associated with the reigning Formula One World Champions, Russell is determined to make the final leap into the pinnacle of motorsport and achieve his dream of becoming a Formula One driver in the coming seasons.
Toto Wolff Mercedes-Benz Motorsport CEO "George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we've been keeping a close eye on him for a while now.
It's still early days in his career but we see great potential in him. George's next challenge in GP3 will provide a good test of his credentials for the future."