The Life And Times Of George Russel
George Russel entered the F1 season in 2019, driving in his rookie year with Williams. While Williams has been performing at the bottom of the log, George enjoyed exceptional results, particularly in qualifying. Being part of the Mercedes young driver program, Toto Wolf soon noticed him. Here are 14 Facts About George Russel You Didn’t Know.
In 2020 Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton became COVID-19-positive and had to stop driving for a while. George Russel was brought over to Mercedes for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. George pulled off an amazing performance which resulted in him leading the race.
Ultimately George had to withdraw because the Mercedes pit crew fitted the wrong tires. Without this embarrassing error, George would have won the race.
George Russel Age
George Russel was born on 15 February 1998 – King’s Lynn, England.
Who Is George Russel’s Family?
His dad is Steve Russell, and his mum is Alison Russell.
He has a brother and a sister.
- George Russell’s brother is 36-year-old Benjy Russell.
- George’s sister is named Cara and runs George Russell Promotions Limited.
The Russels are a middle-class family who previously owned a small business that Steve (his dad) sold to finance George’s racing career.
His mum worked as a hairdresser.
Where Did George Russel Go To School?
George went to school at the Wisbech Grammar School in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Who Is George Russel Dating?
George Russell previously dated Seychelle De Vries. Seychelle is Nyck de Vries sister. Nyck joins the Aston Martin team as an F1 driver in 2023.
He is currently dating Carmen Montero Mundt, who works in finance. George is a keen football supporter and follows Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (we won’t hold that against him!)
Where Does He Live Now
George was born in the English town of Kings Lynn, and he grew up in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
When he turned eighteen, he struck out on his own and moved to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire to be closer to his racing team.
During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, he moved back in with his family at his parent’s house.
Until 2021 he lived in Milton Keynes. After Milton Keynes, he moved to Monaco.
George Russel’s Racing Career Before F1
George followed a traditional route to F1, although his results in the various classes were spectacular.
George Russel’s Go-Karting Career
Like many other F1 drivers, George’s career started in go-karts.
He started in 2006 when he was eight years old. By 2009 he was MSA British champion and British Open champion.
In 2010 he joined the Rotax Mini Max series, and he ultimately became
In 2010 George moved teams and joined the Rotax Mini Max category, where he went on to win the following.
- The Super One British champion.
- Formula Kart Stars British champion.
- Winner of the Kartmasters British Grand Prix.
When he turned 13, he moved to the KF3 class, where he achieved the following.
- He won the SKUSA Supernationals title.
- He became the CIK-FIA European Champion.
He finished karting when he turned 14.
George Russel’s Formula Renault 2.0 And Formula 4 Career
In 2014 George Russel was contracted by the Koiranen GP racing team to run in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship.
During the season, he fell ill and was forced to miss some events. Despite this, he still ended up in 4th place in the championship.
George then moved to the Formula 4 series with the Lanan Racing team.
During this time, he won the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
George Russel’s Formula 3 Career
In 2015 George transitioned to the Formula 3 series
In his first year in Formula 3, he finished sixth.
In 2016 George switched over to the Hitech GP team and ended the season in 3rd place (one position behind the young Charles Leclerc – link)
George Russel’s Gp3 Series Career
For the 2017 season, George joined the ART Grand Prix team racing in the GP3 series.
He won the season in the number-one position.
George Russel’s Formula 2 Career
In 2018, while racing for the ART Grand Prix team, George moved to the Formula 2 series.
George won the series.
George Russel’s Formula One Career
In 2017 George was signed onto Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s junior driver program.
In 2017 he got to drive his first F1 car when he drove for Force India during one of the practice sessions in the Brazilian Grand Prix and again in Abu Dhabi.
In 2018 he was a test driver at the Pirelli Tyre Test Drivers, driving a Force India car at the Spanish Grand Prix track.
George Russel’s Move To Williams
In 2019 he was signed as the junior Williams F1 driver.
Even though the Williams car was the slowest on the grid, he was never out-qualified by his teammate – first Robert Kubica and then Nicholas Latifi.
For his rookie year in 2019, he joined Williams, signing a multi-year deal. The Williams FW42 car was the slowest and least competitive on the track, and his only real competition in the first year was Robert Kubica, his teammate.
He was seconded to the Mercedes for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.
His first drive in a Mercedes F1 car was nothing short of amazing.
He qualified second on the grid behind Valtteri Bottas.
He led the race until there were only 20 laps left. Mercedes called him in for a pit stop – where embarrassingly, the pit crew put an old set of Valtteri’s front tires on – suspicious?
The result was that he had to re-pit. With ten laps to go, he was forced to pit again due to a puncture.
From an almost certain first F1 win, he ended up in 9th position.
When COVID struck down Mercedes rive, Lewis Hamilton George was seconded over as the replacement driver in Lewis’s car for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.
George Russel’s Move To Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Toto Wolff at Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team was impressed with his performance, and it would soon be moved to the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
He joined Mercedes for the 2022 season.
One has to feel sorry for George Russel. He left the uncompetitive Williams for a place on the winning Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
It has been one of the most distressing periods for the team. The 2033 cars were the first to comply with the new rules.
No one could have foreseen how wrong the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team designers were with their interpretation of the rules.
In the early part of the year, the car suffered from excessive porpoising making it very difficult to drive.
The engine was less powerful than the Ferrari and Red Bull cars. During this time, it was a car that deserved a mid-field position – unfortunately, that is what it achieved.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team started to get the car under control in the latter part of the season, but the damage had been done, and third place was the best constructer’s result which could be expected.
To George Russel’s credit, he did achieve his maiden F1 win in Brazil.
Despite this, George has shown his value and has produced exceptional results despite being behind the wheel of a non-competitive car.
George Russel is an F1 star of the future. While it may take more than a year for Mercedes to regain its mojo, George Russel will achieve great things.