George Rus­sell signs for Wil­liams F1 team

Manila Times - - Motor Sports -

LON­DON: Bri­tish driver George Rus­sell is to race for Wil­liams next sea­son af­ter agree­ing a multi-year deal with the Bri­tish For­mula One team.

Rus­sell, 20, is the re­serve driver for Lewis Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team this year and is on the brink of se­cur­ing the For­mula Two cham­pi­onship, the feeder se­ries to F1, fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive de­but cam­paign.

“It is a huge honor to join a team of Wil­liams’ pres­tige and her­itage,” he said. “For­mula One has been a life- long dream.

“From watch­ing the races when I was a child, it feels sur­real that I will now be lin­ing up on the grid along­side driv­ers whom I have ad­mired for years.”

Wil­liams have won a com­bined 16 driv­ers’ and con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onships but are cur­rently rooted to the foot of the team stand­ings with just seven points.

Rus­sell will re­place Lance Stroll, who is bound for Force In­dia next year af­ter his fash­ion bil­lion­aire fa­ther Lawrence’s takeover of the team.

The iden­tity of Rus­sell’s team­mate for 2019 is not yet known. Rus­sian Sergey Sirotkin cur­rently oc­cu­pies the other seat.

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