George Russell 2022 F1 Driver Profile

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Biography

He’s the driver with the motto: “If in doubt, go flat out”. George Russell has lived by it in his F1 career to date, out-qualifying seasoned team mate Robert Kubica at all 21 Grands Prix in his rookie season.

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putting Williams back on the podium in 2021, and landing a Mercedes race seat alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2022. That brilliant baseline speed served Russell well as he totted up titles on his way to Formula 1..

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The Briton stormed to the 2017 GP3 championship and delivered the 2018 Formula 2 crown under immense pressure. Spotting his potential, world champions Mercedes swooped to sign him to their junior program in 2017

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when Russell already had a DTM deal on the table. He banked more experience with practice sessions with Force India and tests for the Silver Arrows, before landing his Mercedes-powered Williams race drive.

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A refusal to cede ground to his rivals - and commitment to a tricky pass – underpins Russell’s winning mentality.

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And it’s what got him the call-up to replace Lewis Hamilton for a one-off Mercedes appearance for Sakhir 2020 when the reigning champ was struck down by Covid-19.

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That star turn saw Russell miss out on pole by just 0.026s and then outrace Mercedes stalwart Valtteri Bottas. Only a bungled pit stop and a heart-breaking late puncture prevented a near-certain maiden win for the up-and-coming super-sub.  

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He kept his head down at Williams in 2021, scoring his first points and podium, all the while keeping his eye on the bigger prize.

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Having proved himself a hard worker and a tenacious talent, that prize arrived in the form of a chance to take on compatriot and seven-time champion Hamilton in identical machinery. A huge challenge, but as always, ‘Russell the Rocket’ will be going flat out.