Briton George Russell, a British youngster has been signed to champions Mercedes’ young driver development programme.
Russell, who finished third in the last European Formula 3 championship, has been considered a good signing for the team.
“Of course, my priority is to get the job done over coming season in GP3 and I’m fully focused on that. This opportunity is a huge motivation and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be an exciting year ahead,” the young Russell said.
Russell has competed in the FIA Formula 3 championship for the last two seasons and scored two wins, ten podiums and three pole positions on his way to third in the 2016 standings behind new Williams recruit, Lance Stroll.
“George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we have been keeping a close eye on him for a while now. It is still early in his career but we see great potential in him,” Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said. (more…)
It is rumored that Toto Wolff of Mercedes F1 team and Chip Ganassi, who is an entrepreneur in American racing are both looking to pick up Lance Stroll.
He has emerged as a leader in the Formula 3 of the FIA European Championship. Wolff has been eyeing this talent who is upcoming as he has panache for picking up young drivers who show potential. He has managed Valterri Bottas as well before he took up his role in Mercedes.
Many might think that Lance’s father who is a super rich fashion magnate in Canada, Lawrence Stroll, might have been instrumental in his son getting success early in his racing career. But that is something that has worked against Lance as well, which many of the experts feel. The reputation that Lance has developed in the market often works against him. Many feel that he has been able to attend classes that have been possible due to his father’s successful standing. However, people also need to recognize the talent that he has inherent in him. This is what Wolff has discovered in Lance. He feels that the talent and maturity in the body is evident when you speak to him. He is only seventeen years of age, when one talks to him the maturity that the boy has been akin to someone who is 35 years of age. (more…)