George Russell handed F1 debut with Williams in 2019 | 2019 F1 season

George Russell will make his F1 debut with Williams next year, the team has announced.

The Mercedes-backed 20-year-old is the reigning GP3 champion and leads the Formula Two standings with two races to go.

“It is a huge honour to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage,” said Russell.

“Formula One has been a lifelong dream. From watching the races when I was a child, it feels surreal that I will now be lining up on the grid, alongside drivers whom I have admired for years. I would like to thank Claire [Williams] and everyone at Williams for their faith in making this decision, as well as Toto [Wolff] and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 2.

“I am incredibly excited to start working with everyone at Grove and to take my first steps as a Formula One race driver. I cannot wait for Melbourne next year and to join Williams at the start of what we all believe will be the start of an exciting new journey.”

This article will be updated.

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