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Williams signs young British driver Russell for next season

George Russell has left his role as reserve driver for Mercedes to take up a race seat at Williams on what the British-based team described as a "multi-year agreement."

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 13, 2018 0:15 IST ]
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GROVE, England (AP) — George Russell will leave his role as reserve driver for Mercedes to take up a full-time seat with Williams in Formula One next season.

The British-based team said Friday it signed a "multi-year agreement" with the 20-year-old Briton.

Russell leads the Formula 2 championship standings and is the test and back-up driver at world champion Mercedes.

He says racing in F1 "has been a life-long dream" and that "it feels surreal that I will now be lining up on the grid, alongside drivers whom I have admired for years."

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams says Russell "is already highly regarded in the paddock and a driver whose career we have been watching for a while."

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