RUSSELL SET FOR MERCEDES F1 ROLE
Macau F3 Grand Prix pole position qualifier George Russell will switch to the GP3 Series next year, and is expected to get a role within the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
Sources suggest that the 18-year-old Briton – the winner of the 2014 Mclaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award – has already begun a programme as a development driver with the German manufacturer.
Russell, who finished third in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this season, is tipped to join top GP3 Series squad ART Grand Prix.
“I’m going to Abu Dhabi on Thursday for the Grand Prix [supported by GP3], and I’ve got some meetings with people over the weekend,” said Russell.
“It’s looking 100 per cent that I’ll be racing GP3 next year – it seems like the right move for my career and what people around me think is best for me.
“We haven’t decided on the team yet, but we’ll see a bit more over the Abu Dhabi weekend.”
Russell finished seventh in the Macau Grand Prix after struggling for pace in the race, but took two wins in his second season of F3 this year, driving for Hitech GP alongside Ben Barnicoat and Nikita Mazepin.
He was sixth in the standings in 2015 with Carlin, having won the BRDC F4 title in 2014.
Russell’s fellow F3 European Championship race winner Anthoine Hubert is also expected to join ART as his team-mate in GP3 next season.