George Russell signs deal to race for Williams in Formula One next season

England’s George Russell is to race for Williams next season after agreeing a multi-year deal with the British Formula One team.

Russell, 20, will follow in the footsteps of 2009 world champion Jenson Button who made his debut for Williams nearly two decades ago.

The highly-rated Russell is the reserve driver for Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team this year, and following Lando Norris’s McLaren promotion, he will now become the second British rookie on the grid in 2019.

Russell is also on the brink of securing the Formula Two championship, the feeder series to F1, following an impressive debut campaign in which he has won six races.

He holds a 37-point title lead with just the season-deciding races in Abu Dhabi to come next month.

"It is a huge honour to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage," Russell, from Kings Lynn in Norfolk, said. "Formula One has been a life-long 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 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."

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