GP3 driver George Russell has signed with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s young driver programme. The Brit becomes the third member of the Brackley based outfit’s development programme alongside Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein who will both race in Formula One this season.

Russell who will drive for ART GP in 2017 along with his commitments with Mercedes commented by saying:

It’s great to be part of the Junior Programme. “ It is an incredibly opportunity to have the backing of the Formula One World Champions. I’m proud to have been given this kind of recognition for all the hard work that’s gone into my career over the years so far.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff commented by saying:

George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we’ve been keeping a close eye on him for a while now. “It’s still early days in his career but we see great potential in him.

Wolff went on to say:

George’s next challenge in GP3 will provide a good test of his credentials for the future,” continued Toto. “We have already seen with Esteban how effective this series can be as a training ground and, of course, this is the Championship which propelled Valtteri into Formula One, so we will follow George’s progress with great interest.

Russell concluded by saying:

’ve started doing some work with the team in the simulator and it’s already become clear to me that I’m working with people who are the best in the business, who I know will help me develop as a driver and as a person,”  “Of course, my priority is to get the job done over the coming season in GP3 and I’m fully focused on that. But this opportunity is a huge motivation and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be an exciting year ahead.

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