|George Russell Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||February 15, 1998|
George Russell is a British racing driver who competed in the 2019 Formula One World Championship for the Williams team. Since his debut as a pro, he has compiled multiple championship victories and has long defended his title as the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion for ART and as the 2017 GP3 Series Champion. Before he started to pursue formula racing, he was first a kart racer and began his career in kart racing in 2006, which eventually progressed to cadet class in 2009 during which he was hailed the MSA British and British Open champion. After he graduated from the KF3 class in 2011, he won the SKUSA Supernationals title and became the CIK-FIA European champion. Russell made his Formula Renault single-seater debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship and finished 4th despite missing a round due to being ill.
After winning his first race championship victory in the European Formula 3 Championship, Russell demonstrated another outstanding performance at the Spa-Francorchamps which made him secure a lead advantage in the championship after he finished 2nd in two races. On January 18, 2018, he became part of the ART Grand Prix for the 2018 FIA F2 Championship. On February 22, 2018, he was also confirmed to take part in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as the F1 Reserve Driver alongside Pascal Wehrlein. It was announced in October 2018 that Russell would be joining the Williams Formula 1 Team as an F1 driver to race at the beginning of the 2019 season wherein he would be sharing duties with fellow racer Robert Kubica.
King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Professional Formula One Racing Driver
George Russell is represented by Williams F1 (F1 Team), Grove Wantage Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of British descent.
Light Brown (Natural)
- Small Face
- Thin Lips
- Thick Eyebrows
- Downward Pointed Nose
- Tall Height
Best Known For
- Holding the title as the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion for ART and the 2017 GP3 Series Champion
- Winning multiple championship racing competitions in a row including the Rotax Mini Max category where he won as the Super One British champion and the Kartmasters British Grand Prix
First Grand Prix
On January 19, 2017, Russell made his debut after signing with the ART Grand Prix for the GP3 Series season. He had a solid start at the beginning of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, where he managed to secure the 4th and 5th position.
Overall, he had brought home a total of 4 victories, 3 pole positions, and 5 further podiums, placing him in a position to seal the championship held at Jerez, Spain. In the end, Russell won the 2017 GP3 Series title after finishing 4th in race two.
First Championship Trophy
After he graduated to Formula Three in 2015, he was scheduled to race in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and later won his first race championship victory during the opening round of the season held at Silverstone where he finished ahead of his fellow debutant Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi.
While F1 racers like George Russell don’t necessarily need to train as hard as the other sports athletes, they also have strict and specific workout parameters to follow before their next race championship kicks off. As a race car driver, training for speed and stability is very important. A report published on January 11, 2019, showed a video of Russell’s neck training in preparation for the 2019 season. Neck training is part of the checklist for most professional car racers especially given the fact that driving a car at the highest speed possible requires a lot of neck stability and full control of the steering wheel, which also takes a lot of training to master it.
Aside from neck training, Russell may have also been following more from his checklist in terms of keeping his fitness and health goals well-intact. Looking at his Instagram, he spends most of his free time at the gym working out to prepare himself before his next race. He often tends to post photos and videos of him doing random types of exercises, which only proves to show that he’s pretty much into fitness not just as a racer but as a sports enthusiast in general.
George Russell Facts
- He finished 19th in the KF1 CIK-FIA World Championship during his final year of kart racing in 2013.
- He raced as a guest entrant in the Moscow round with Koiranen GP before switching to Tech 1 Racing for the final round where he won the final race of the season after starting from the pole position.
- In 2014, Russell competed in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship and entered the final race of the season at Snetterton in a four-way title battle with teammate Arjun Maini and the HHC Motorsport pairing of Sennan Fielding and Raoul Hyman. After starting from pole position, Russell won the race and as a prize, he was given the privilege to test a GP3 car with Arden Motorsport at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
- In December 2014, he became the youngest winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, defeating fellow finalists Alexander Albon, Ben Barnicoat, Sennan Fielding, Seb Morris, and Harrison Scott. The victory also earned him a £100,000 cash prize, British Racing Drivers’ Club membership, and a Formula One test with the McLaren racing team.
- He was the youngest recruit to join the British Racing Drivers’ Club SuperStars program in February 2015.
- Visit his official website @ georgerussell63.com.
Featured Image by George Russell / Instagram