By George! Wisbech driver will race in Formula One next season

By George! Wisbech driver will race in Formula One next season

George Russell has become the third British driver confirmed for the 2019 F1 season after the 20-year-old signed a "multi-year agreement" with Williams.

Russell will be the first British driver to race full-time for Williams since Jenson Button in 2000 and will be just 21 when he lines up on the grid in Melbourne, Australia next March.

However, Williams is enduring a hard season and lies last of the 10 teams in the constructors' championship and has targeted the Briton for several months as part of the plan to change its fortunes. He won the Formula 4 Championship at his first attempt, aged 16, a trick he repeated when he won his rookie season in GP3, aged 19.

Russell leads the Formula 2 title race by 37 points with only one round of the season remaining and is the reigning GP3 champion.

But next season he will be lining up alongside motor sport's biggest names including 2018 Formula One champion-elect Lewis Hamilton, one of Russell's mentors, after winning a seat with British team Williams. "I said 'right, Paddy, l want to be in Formula 1 and l want to drive for Williams, could we arrange a meeting with yourself and Claire?'".

"I am delighted to announce that George Russell will be joining Williams from the 2019 season".

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Deputy team principal Claire Williams revealed Russell has been on Williams' radar for a while.

"He is already highly regarded in the paddock and a driver whose career we have been watching for a while".

"In the time we have spent with him so far, we believe that he will be a great fit for our team".

The Frenchman had been linked to Williams after potential moves to the likes of McLaren and Toro Rosso fell flat due to Mercedes' hesitance to free him from his Silver Arrows deal.

Williams has had a slow and ill-handling auto this year and is last in one of the worst seasons in the history of a proud British team with nine constructors' and seven drivers' championships.

Williams have enjoyed a glorious past, winning a combined 16 drivers' and constructors' championships, but they are now in the midst of a miserable campaign which leaves them rooted to the foot of the team standings with just seven points. Current Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin remains a strong candidate, as does reserve driver Robert Kubica, with both teams offering financial packages to bring to the team.

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