Williams confirm Brit starlet George Russell as new F1 driver for 2018 season

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GEORGE RUSSELL has been confirmed as a driver for the Williams Formula One team – making it a hat-trick of British drivers on the grid in 2019.

The 20-year-old from King’s Lynn will join world champion Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s rookie, Lando Norris, at the season-opener in Melbourne after being handed his break by Williams.

Russell, who is part of the Mercedes Young Driver Programme, has signed a multi-year deal with Grove-based team after an agreement between Merc boss Toto Wolff and Williams’s Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams.

He said: “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 whom 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 and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 2.

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“I am incredibly excited to start working with everyone at Grove and to take 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 the start of an exciting new journey.”

Russell started racing karts in 2006 and quickly progressed through the lower formula, winning the BRDC Formula 4 Championship at his first attempt.

He also won the GP3 championship in his rookie season in 2017 and currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year from Norris.

Russell will join the the team of Brits that include Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris
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