Formula One

GEORGE RUSSELL SIGNS WITH MERCEDES

It’s another good new to hear that George Russell – the Norfolk youngster has been signed up by the world champions Mercedes.


The 18-year-old King’s Lynn racer just joined Mercedes, the winners of the previous three drivers’ and constructors’ F1 championships.

According to the team manager, Toto Wolff, he is a sportsman that has great potential.

“George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we’ve been keeping a close eye on him for a while now,” he said.

George is to compete in the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix this season, with rounds to occur during Formula One weekends. The junior Mercedes programme experienced breakthrough last year, with Pascal Wehrlein racing in F1 with Manor and picking up some tremendous qualifying performances, and also earned the second points scoring finish for the team at last year’s Austrian Grand Prix.

“It is an incredible opportunity to have the backing of the Formula One world champions. I’m proud to have been given this kind of recognition for all the hard work that’s gone into my career over the years so far,” Russell said.

George has showed real determination and speed during the 2016 European Formula 3 Championship, with Mercedes-Benz getting him three pole positions, two wins, 10 podiums and five fastest race laps along the way.

With the first pre-season test for the 2017 GP3 Series which will come soon, he intends to spend most time at Mercedes’ Brackley headquarters getting ready for the year ahead and that doesn’t suggests he’s under any illusions over his top 2017 priority.

“Of course, my priority is to get the job done over the coming season in GP3 and I’m fully focused on that. But this opportunity is a huge motivation and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be an exciting year ahead,” he concluded.