George Russell News
If he’s at the wheel, you can be sure he’ll be giving it his all.
George Russell has put it into practice throughout his Formula One career so far, from qualifying ahead of his veteran teammate Robert Kubica at all 21 Grands Prix in his rookie season to leading Williams to the podium in 2021 and earning a race seat with Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2022.
Brilliantly fast from the start, Russell racked up championships on his road to F1. Under intense circumstances, the British driver won the GP3 title in 2017 and the Formula 2 championship in 2018.
World champions Mercedes saw Russell’s potential and signed him to their youth programme in 2017, despite the fact that he already had a DTM contract in place. Ahead of securing his Mercedes-powered Williams race driving, he logged time in the simulator with Force India and participated in Silver Arrows testing.
Russell’s winning mindset is based on his reluctance to give any ground to his opponents and his dedication to making a difficult pass. That’s why, when defending champion Lewis Hamilton became sick from Covid-19, Mercedes asked him to in in for a one-off appearance at Sakhir 2020.
Thanks to his great performance, Russell finished second behind Valtteri Bottas in the race and was just 0.026 seconds off of the pole position. The young super-sub was almost certain to win its first race, but a botched pit stop and a heartbreaking late puncture ruined the opportunity.
In 2021, he put his head down and did well for Williams, earning his first points and a podium finish, but he was always thinking about what was next. That reward came in the shape of a chance to race against his countryman and seven-time champion Hamilton in the same cars in which they had previously competed.
The task at hand is monumental, but you can be sure that ‘Russell the Rocket’ will attack it with full throttle.