George Russell has been confirmed as a Williams race driver for 2019, meaning at least three British drivers will line up on the grid next year.
Russell is a Mercedes junior driver and currently leads the Formula 2 championship by 37 points with just two races remaining. He has tested for Mercedes and Force India over the past two years and has been in talks with Williams about a race seat since the summer. On Wednesday the new deal was confirmed, which is believed to a multi-year contract.
“I’ve dreamed of this moment for as long as I can remember… and now I can finally say it – as of 2019, I’ll officially be an F1 driver for Williams Racing!” Russell tweeted. “To everyone who made this possible — thank you, it means the world to me! I can’t wait to get started!”
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