Williams Racing have confirmed 2018 F2 Champion elect George Russell will race for the team from next season. Russell, 20, currently leads the 2018 FIA Formula Two championship standings heading into the final round of the season, and is a long term AMG Mercedes junior driver for the Silver Arrows. Having the worst season in the long history of the iconic British team, the signing of such a potentially significant talent as Russell for next season should be seen as a shot in the arm for Williams, and with the deal confirmed today adds further fuel to the rumour that Lance Stoll is set to depart Grove for a run with the Racing Point Force India entry for next season. Speaking about the announcement, George Russell said; “It is a huge honour to join a team of Williams’ prestige and heritage. 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 would like to thank Claire and everyone at Williams for their faith in making this decision, as well as Toto and the team at Mercedes for their fantastic support throughout GP3 and Formula 2. I am incredibly excited to start working with everyone at Grove and to take my first steps as a Formula One race driver. 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.” Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, commented; “I am delighted to announce that George Russell will be joining Williams from the 2019 season. We have always tried to promote and develop young talent at Williams, and George fits that ethos perfectly. He is already highly regarded in the paddock and a driver whose career we have been watching for a while. In the time we have spent with him so far, we believe that he will be a great fit for our team; his commitment, passion and dedication is exactly what we need to drive the positive momentum building at Grove as we focus on the future. We are extremely excited to welcome George and work with him moving forward.” Having secured Russell to a “multi-year” contract, the attention will now surely focus on the second Williams seat, with incumbent driver Sergey Sirotkin, reserve Robert Kubica and outgoing Force India driver Esteban Ocon all linked to the seat in recent months. For more from the world of Grand Prix racing, don't forget to check out the Formula One forum here at RaceDepartment and get involved in the conversation. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Pleased to see Russell land an opportunity at Williams? Can the young Brit perform at the top level in your opinion? Let us know your thoughts below!