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George Russell Profile
George Russell is a British Formula 1 driver, born in King's Lynn, Norfolk on 15 February 1998.
A member of the Mercedes junior programme, Russell stepped up to Formula 1 as the reigning Formula 2 Champion in 2019 to drive for Williams.
Although Williams trailed at the back of the grid that year, and Russell ended the season as the only driver with no World Championship points, he did impress many in the F1 paddock with his overall pace, beating then team-mate Robert Kubica 21-0 in the qualifying head-to-head.
After being ruled out of a Mercedes drive for 2020, Russell confirmed he would continue with Williams for that year.
Despite his young age Russell has never been shy to make big career decisions.
At the end of 2014 he was told of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff's e-mail address, and sent him a message while he was in Abu Dhabi for a GP3 test.
Wolff would reply and set up a meeting - Russell told him he would race in Formula 3 in 2015 and had done a test with Carlin, and Mucke which used Mercedes engines - naturally Wolff suggested he went with Mucke.
However, Russell would choose Carlin, and sent an e-mail to Wolff explaining his choice, to which the Austrian's reply was: "Great to meet you but I think you're making the wrong decision."
Safe to say it worked out for Russell in the end though.
George Russell Career
George Russell enjoyed a very similar junior path to that of Charles Leclerc's - both of them won the GP3 and F2 titles back-to-back and Russell is never afraid to remind everyone of that fact.
Upon beating Lando Norris to the F2 title in 2018, Russell was rewarded with a spot on the F1 grid with the struggling Williams outfit.
2018 had been a very poor season for the team, but in pre-season testing for 2019 it quickly became apparent that things were to get worse - that being because they failed to show up for the start of it.
Russell's only real competition for 2019 was with his team-mate Robert Kubica - a battle which over one lap he dominated after winning the qualifying head-to-head 21-0.
Kubica though was the one who scored Williams' only point of the 2019 campaign with P10 in the German GP thanks to penalties for both Alfa Romeo drivers, while Russell would come home P11, his best result of the season.
The Briton though was clearly the faster driver of the pair in 2019, and at the Hungarian Grand Prix he grossly outperformed in the Williams during qualifying, coming within a tenth of escaping Q1.
Russell would suffer his first retirement of the season in Singapore after he was shunted into the barriers by Romain Grosjean, while another DNF followed in Russia.
He would finish the season P20 and last in the Drivers' Championship as the only driver without a point in 2019.
But despite finishing behind team-mate Kubica in the standings, in the eighteen races finished by both drivers, Russell finished ahead of Kubica in sixteen of them.
After brief talks of a possible Mercedes drive for 2020, Russell was confirmed to be staying at Williams for 2020 with a new team-mate in the form of Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi.
George Russell Before F1
George Russell began karting in 2006, becoming MSA British champion and British Open champion. In 2010 he moved to the Rotax Mini Max category where he became Super One British champion, Formula Kart Stars British champion and also won the Kartmasters British Grand Prix.
He would move up to the KF3 class in 2011, winning the SKUSA Supernationals title and becoming CIK-FIA European Champion, a title he defended successfully in 2012. In his final year of karting in 2013, Russell finished P19 in the KF1 CIK-FIA World Championship.
Russell made his single-seater debut in 2014 in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Championship, ending the season P4. He also contested two rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship, winning the final round of the season from pole as a guest entrant.
He would win the BRDC Formula 4 Champuionship in 2014 and in December of that year became the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award to earn himself a £100,000 cash prize, British Racing Drivers' Club membership and a Formula One test with McLaren.
In February 2015, Russell was announced as one of the twelve drivers selected to join the British Racing Drivers' Club SuperStars programme, the youngest-ever recruit to the scheme.
After two seasons in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship Russell stepped up to GP3, winning the title in his first season, before doing the same again one year later in his debut F2 season.
George Russell Net Worth
George Russell's Formula 1 career remains young, and so at this point working his way up the ladder remains more important for the Mercedes junior than taking home big pay cheques - that of course will come if he keeps his head down and continues to impress.
But, Russell's multi-year deal with Williams reportedly earns him $170,000 a year - a wage that the average Joe would happily welcome into their bank account.
Not only as a racer, Russell earns much from endorsements and sponsorships. His deals are with Mercedes, AMG, BRDC, Bell Helmets, Alpinestars, and Puma.
George Russell Family
George Russell was born to Alison Russell and Steve Russell - he also has a brother called Benjy.
Russell is believed to be in a long-term relationship with Seychelle de Vries, sister of 2019 Formula 2 Champion Nyck de Vries.
It's unclear thought whether or not they remain together to this day - Russell hasn't shared any pictures with her on his social media pages, but Seychelle was snapped with Russell after he won the 2017 GP3 Series title, the caption reading: "My champion".
The pair also celebrated Christmas together in 2018 according to her Instagram account.