Mercedes have signed up their latest driver for their junior programme in the form of Briton George Russell. The 18 year old joins the ranks of current Formula One drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.
But who is the young talent that has attracted Mercedes?
He began karting in 2006, enjoying much success in the MSA Cadet British Championship, Minimax British Championship, Kartmasters Grand Prix Championships and KFJ European Championships.
In his first season of car racing in 2014, he took part in the BRDC British Formula 4 series, where he won the championship claiming five wins and eleven podiums. He then went on to scoop the 2014 McLaren Autosport Award, a very prestigious and respected award.
2015 saw a big leap for Russell, who moved to the FIA Formula 3 championship with Carlin, a prime series for nurturing and development. He took one win and three podiums over the course of the season, rounding it off in sixth place.
Russell stayed in Formula 3 for 2016 but switched from Carlin to HitechGP and took two wins, two pole positions and ten podiums. He ended the championship in third place.
After only spending three years in car racing, Russell is steadily impressing fans and experts with the junior tipped for future success. In 2017 he will race for ART Grand Prix in GP3, who have won the team championship six out of seven times.
If the youngster can continue to impress as he rises in the racing categories, it may not be long before he is linked with a seat in Formula One.
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