Williams signs George Russell for 2019

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Williams signs Russell for 2019
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N after Esteban Ocon his cockpit at Force India is likely to lose to Lance Stroll, Mercedes has now successfully accommodated a driver from its junior program in Formula 1. George Russell will compete for the Williams team in 2019. According to the official announcement, he has signed a contract for several years.

The 20-year-old is considered to be the greatest young talent in motorsport alongside McLaren's new signing Lando Norris. He won GP3 in his rookie season in 2017 and is currently - again as a rookie - making clear the title in Formula 2. Before the last race weekend in Abu Dhabi, the Englishman leads the overall standings with 37 points.

Williams' last option for Russell

Russell should actually be staying at Force India. But the sale of the Mercedes customer team to the investors around Lawrence Stroll, who will accommodate his son in his own team, thwarted the plans. In the end, Williams was the only possible point of contact for the planned entry into the premier class.

The fact that Williams hardly had any sporting success this year had no influence on the decision: 'It's a great honor now to be part of the fame and legacy of Williams. Formula 1 has always been my big dream. I watched the races when I was a little kid. It doesn't feel real that I'll soon be on the grid next to drivers that I've adored for years. '

Russell thanked not only those responsible for Williams for the promotion, but also Mercedes and his team boss Toto Wolff. It is safe to assume that the engine supplier strongly supported the Russell commitment with a small discount on the supply of drive units for Williams.

Williams turnaround with George Russell

From a dowry is of course not mentioned in the official press release. Instead, team boss Claire Williams praised the sporting qualities of her new signing: “We have always tried to encourage and develop young talent here and George fits our philosophy perfectly. He is highly regarded in the paddock. We've been following his career for some time. '

At Williams, they hope that, with Russell's help, the sporting turnaround will be achieved:' We believe that he will fit perfectly into our team.His ambition and passion are exactly what we need to create a positive upswing for the future here in Grove. We're really looking forward to welcoming George here and looking ahead with him. ”

Kubica or Sirotkin?

There was no information about Russell's new teammate at Williams. In the raffle are regular driver Sergey Sirotkin and substitute driver Robert Kubica, who had already reached second place last year. At that time, Sirotkin prevailed thanks also to the larger sponsor budget. According to the latest information, Kubica is now said to have a dowry worth millions.

Until recently, Formula 2 driver Artem Markelov had hoped for a place at Williams. But the young Russian's father was arrested on the sidelines of the home game in Sochi and faces allegations of corruption. It is unlikely that Markelov will now have access to the funds needed to “purchase” the Williams cockpit.

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