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George Russell

George Russell

Timeline of George Russell. Overview of his racing career in a timeline format. Complete biography and personal achievements

1998

14 February 1998

George Russell is born

British racing driver George William Russell was born in February 1998 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England to Steve and Allison Russell

2005

31 December 2005

George Russell begins karting

Like many professional racers, George Russell began establish his dominancy on the track at an early age with forays into karting. Starting in 2006 at age 7, Russell began karting and rose through the ranks to the cadet class by 2009 when he became the British Open Champion.

2010

01 January 2010

Championships keep coming for George Russell

The accolades kept rolling for George Russel in 2010 as he progressed to the Rotax Mini Max category. Major accomplishments included winning the Kartmasters British Grand Prix and multiple championships. 

2010

31 December 2010

George Russell wins CFK-FIA European Championship.

In the KF3 class, Russell moved on to clench the CIK-FIA European Championship. In 2012, he retained the title. At the 2013 World Championship, Russell ranked 19th as he bid the karting world farewell with 13 titles won in five years.

2013

05 December 2013

George Russell competes in Formula 4

In 2014, Russell branched out by joining with Lanan Racing as a driver for the 2014 Formula 4 season. The 16-year-old jumped straight to the current championship team and hoped to build on their successes while winning a championship his first year. 

2014

04 October 2014

George Russell makes single-seater debut

After moving up to single-seaters, Russell participated in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Championship and ranked fourth overall with one finish at the podium. Additional competitions in 2014 included two rounds in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.

2014

25 October 2014

George Russel claims BRDC Formula 4 championship

Delivering on his goal, George Russell claimed the crown as the BRDC F4 Champion for 2014 in a nail-biting race at Snetterton. It was his fifth win of the season and helped him clinch the title by a narrow three points. 

2014

06 December 2014

George Russell wins 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

In the year that wouldn’t quit, George Russell became the youngest ever winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC award. Prizes included £100,000 and a Formula 1 test. 

2015

08 January 2015

George Russell moves to Formula 3

In January 2015, George Russell joined the Carlin team to kick off his time in Formula 3 racing. He won the first round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season at Silverstone and finished sixth overall in the championship. Russell was a runner-up to Charles Leclerc for the Rookie Championship.

2015

31 January 2015

George Russell named BRDC Superstar

In the eighth year of the BRDC SuperStars scheme, George Russell was one of 12 drivers selected for a series of events and workshops designed to polish soft skills, such as media and marketing, and improve physical and mental acumen. Russell was the youngest member of the class.

2017

18 January 2017

George Russell graduates to Formula One

Following his successes at each subsequent racing level, George Russell gained his first experiences in Formula One in 2017 as part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport junior driver program. He participated in both days of the Budapest test and logged additional time for Force India at the Brazilian Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand prix. Russell also test drove for the team at the post-Spanish Grand Prix the following year.

2017

07 October 2017

George Russell secures GP3 Series title

In 2016, George Russell moved over to Hitech GP and finished third in the standings. For 2017, he participated in the GP3 Series season and ultimately secured the title at Jerez before the final race. Upon winning the championship, Russell held four wins, six podium visits, three pole positions and five fastest laps.

2018

22 June 2018

George Russell scores third win in 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship, secures crown

Russell joined up with ART Grand Prix as a driver in January 2018. He competed in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship and started the year strong with a fifth place finish in the opening round. He moved on to wins in Baku, Barcelona, and Le Castellet. With the third victory of the season, Russell secured the championship and won the title following the race at Abu Dhabi. 

2018

12 October 2018

George Russell signs with Williams team

Russell’s first season in Formula One was with the Williams team and racing the Williams FW42. Ultimately, a series of retirements due to mechanical issues as well as other limitations led to Russell ending his rookie year of 2019 without any points.

2020

05 December 2020

George Russell earns first World Championship points in Formula One

Following a series of mishaps in early races of the 2020 season, Russell was a stand-in at Mercedes during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. Russell filled in for Lewis Hamilton after Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19. Russell finished ninth in the race and scored a fastest lap, earning three points overall. His performance was highly praised.

2021

06 September 2021

George Russell makes the move to Mercedes

After his successful effort for Mercedes in 2020, George Russell was brought over to the team to join Lewis Hamilton in 2022. In his first 2022 race for the team, Russell achieved a fourth place finish, and he reached the podium with third place at the Australian Grand Prix

2021

11 December 2021

George Russell finishes 2021 season at 15th

Still signed with Williams for the 2021 season, George Russell achieved his highest standings yet with a 15th place ranking in the driver’s championship. He scored 16 of 23 points for the Williams team in 2021. At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Russell earned his first points on the Williams team.

2022

29 July 2022

George Russell claims first pole position

At the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, George Russell was able to hold off Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to secure the pole position – his first in Formula 1.

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