2014 BRDC F4 Champion and last year’s GP3 winner George Russell has confirmed he will graduate to the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2018 with ART Grand Prix.
The 19-year-old scored five wins on his way to the BRDC F4 crown with Lanan Racing in 2014 before moving up to FIA F3 in 2015 and 2016, while also helping to develop the BRDC British F3 Tatuus-Cosworth car. He then dominated the 2017 GP3 series with ART GP, taking four wins and securing the title with two races to spare.
Capping off a successful 2017 season, Russell also got behind the wheel of the F1 title-winning Mercedes F1 W08 car at the Budapest test that followed the F1 race weekend, and also drove in two practice sessions at Interlagos and Yas Marina at the end of the season.
He then got his first taste of Formula 2 machinery at Yas Marina with ART, and now joins the multiple feeder series champions for his first season on the final stepping stone to F1. Russell joins multiple 2016 BRDC British F3 race-winner Lando Norris in the series for 2018, wit Norris driving for Carlin.
Russell commented: “I am very happy to be able to race in Formula 2 while continuing to drive for ART Grand Prix. We had a very successful year together last season so it makes sense to continue working together and seek out new successes. With the introduction of a new Formula 2 car, it will be challenging for all the teams to optimise the set-up from the start of the season, but I have every confidence in ART Grand Prix to get there and be competitive as quickly as possible. I cannot wait to take part in the first race and fight against some of the best drivers and teams at the pinnacle of junior motorsport."
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