George Russell – Biography

Early Life

George William Russell was born in Norfolk, England, on 15 February 1998. He grew up with his mother, Alison, father Steve, older brother Benjy, and sister Cara. He was fascinated by the idea of karting after spending much of his time around his brother, a competitive race car driver. George made his first attempt when he was just seven years old. His early education was in a town school known as Wisbech Grammar School.

George Russell – Early Career

1) Karting

His first experience in karting came in 2006, and for the next three years, he improved to the level where he could compete in the cadet class of 2009. In the same year, he claimed the British Open Championship and MSA’s British Championship.

In 2010, he participated as a racer in the Rotax Mini Max category, and he secured a first-place position in the Super One British Championship. He claimed two more titles, the Kartmasters British Grand Prix and Formula Kart Stars Championship, the same year.

In 2011, George Russell was promoted to the KF3 category, where he won the SKUSA Supernationals championship and went on to win the CIK-FIA European Championship. His karting career ended in 2013 when he placed 19th in the CIK-FIA KF1 World Championship.

Russell graduated to the KF3 class in 2011, winning the SKUSA Supernationals title and becoming CIK-FIA European Championship, a title he successfully defended in 2012.

2) Formula Renault 2.0

George Russell made his competition debut in a single-seater in 2014, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship. Initially, he intended to compete for Prema Powerteam but changed to Koiranen GP at the last minute. His overall finish was fourth, and he only achieved one podium finish.

Furthermore, Russell won both races in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship series. He raced for Koiranen GP in Moscow and then switched to Tech 1 Racing for Jerez. He won the season final race as a guest entrant despite starting from pole position.

3) Formula 4

In 2014, Russell also raced in the British Racing Drivers’ Championship (BRDC) Formula 4. After qualifying in pole position at Snetterton, he won his 5th race of the season. He ended the season 3 points ahead of the next driver.

Aarden Motorsport asked George Russell to drive a GP3 car at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. McLaren Autosport awarded Russell with the BRDC Award in 2014 when he was just 22 years old. He became the British Racing Drivers’ Club SuperStars program’s youngest-ever recruit when he was announced as a member in February 2015.

4) FIA Formula 3 European Championship

In 2015, Russell was promoted to Formula 3 and raced for Carlin in the European Formula 3 Championship. He won the season’s first race at Silverstone. In addition to his two podiums at Norisring and Spa-Francorchamps, he finished sixth in the championship. He was also the runner-up in the rookie championship.

George Russell participated in the Masters of Formula 3 held in Zandvoort in September 2015. In the qualification race, he was fourth, but he improved to second place in the main event. For the 2016 season, Russell raced for Hitech GP, where he had two victories and finished third.

5) GP3 Series

George Russell joined the ART Grand Prix team for the 2017 season of the GP3 Series. He began the season with a winning performance at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, dominating the fourth and fifth weekends. His first pole and win in the GP3 Series came at the Red Bull Ring. George won the pole position at Silverstone on back-to-back occasions. In addition, he took another victory in the first race, and he finished fourth in the second.

His performance at Spa-Francorchamps was exceptional because he won the first race and finished second in the second race. In addition, he claimed pole position and set the fastest lap in both races. He had won four races, collected three pole positions, and finished on five more podiums to secure the championship at Jerez. He finished 4th in race two of the 2017 GP3 Series and went on to win the championship.

6) FIA Formula 2 Championship

Russell debuted in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship with ART Grand Prix in January 2018. Mercedes has also selected Russell as its backup driver.

George Russell finished 5th after qualifying 2nd for his debut in Bahrain. He had the lead for the majority of the race in Baku before a mechanical issue halted the race. He set the fastest lap time from 12th on the grid to win in the sprint race. Russell was victorious for the second time this year in Barcelona. Next, he finished 4th in the sprint race and advanced to second place in the championship.

Russell retaliated in France, winning his third race of the season and winning the championship after securing his first Formula 2 pole position. He went on to compete and win the series in Abu Dhabi after a long battle with fellow competitor Lando Norris.

George Russell – Formula One Career

George Russell began working for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in early 2017. Russell made his Formula One debut the following November and drove for Force India in the Brazilian Grand Prix’s first practice session. Following that, it was revealed he’d drive for them during the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice session as well.

Force India has named Russell as one of its Pirelli tire test drivers. He drove 123 laps for Force India in his first Formula One test.

Williams (2019–2021)

1) Rookie season (2019)

Russell signed a long-term contract with the Williams team in 2018. He qualified for the thirteenth position in the German Grand Prix but moved up to the 11th position.

George Russell retired for the first time in his racing career at the Singapore Grand Prix. After that, a wheel nut problem forced him to pull out of the Russian Grand Prix. In the Brazilian Grand Prix, Russell got to race other cars in his debut season and finished 12th due to a late safety car, just 1.5 seconds away from a point finish. He ended the season without scoring in the championship and finished 20th overall.

2) First F1 career points (2020)

In 2020, Russell drove for Williams alongside Nicholas Latifi, a former Formula 2 driver. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Russell retired because of low fuel pressure.

In the Styrian Grand Prix, he qualified 11th and finished 16th. Once again, Russell was forced to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix after colliding with Antonio Giovinazzi’s car. He qualified for the Tuscan Grand Prix in 18th place, but after a bad start, he dropped back to 12th. Despite his best efforts, he could not go further and placed 11th. Russell was 10th going into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he crashed.

3) Mercedes stand-in (2020)

George Russell will compete in the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020 since Hamilton cannot race due to positive Coronavirus tests. Despite qualifying second and starting on the front row, he failed to defeat teammate Valtteri Bottas for pole position. In addition to the ninth-place finish, he earned the fastest lap point and the first three World Championship points. When Lewis Hamilton was deemed healthy and ready to compete, Russell went back to Williams.

4) First F1 podium (2021)

The Williams team retained Russell and Nicholas Latifi for the 2021 campaign. During the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he lost control of his car and collided with Valtteri Bottas, which led to both cars retiring.

A gearbox problem prevented him from restarting when he was in 15th place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Grand Prix of France was his best race with Williams, as he finished 12th. In the Styrian Grand Prix, he started 11th, but after Yuki Tsunoda was penalized, he moved up to 10th place. Eventually, he had to withdraw when he suffered mechanical problems.

George Russell qualified for the second time in the British Grand Prix but was docked one position due to a collision with Carlos Sainz Jr. During the sprint qualifying round; he placed 12th. After qualifying 17th and earning his first career points for Williams, he finished eighth in the Hungarian Grand Prix. He scored two points at the Italian Grand Prix and finished ninth.

The Saudi Grand Prix ended with him being disqualified after being involved in an accident with Nikita Mazepin. Another retirement occurred when he encountered gearbox problems at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In the drivers’ standings, he placed 15th with one podium and 16 points.

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