George Russell has confirmed via his twitter that he will compete for for ART in the upcoming Formula 2 season as the champion moves up to the next stage in his open wheel career.
Russell will fulfill speculation and rumours by teaming up with his compatriot Jack Aitken after it was widely speculated that the GP3 champion would join his former teammate once again when Lando Norris committed to Carlin.
George Russell won the GP3 title in 2017 in his first year ahead of Aitken and Fukuzumi who both already have taken up seats for the Formula 2 season in 2018. He also completed his first laps in a Formula 1 car with Mercedes-AMG Petronas in the Hungary in season test.
Russell also completed an end of season test in a Formula 2 car alongside Aitken, both of them impressing the team enough to awarded full time seats for the 2018 campaign.
In a statement from ART George stated: “I am very happy to be able to race in Formula 2 while continuing to drive for ART Grand Prix. We had a very successful year together last season and so it makes sense to continue working together and seek out new successes. With the introduction of a new Formula 2 car, it will be challenging for all the teams to optimize the set-up from the start of the season, but I have every confidence in ART Grand Prix to get there and to be competitive as quickly as possible. I cannot wait to take part in the first race and fight against some of the best drivers and teams at the pinnacle of junior motorsport.”
Team Manager Sébastien Philippe also commented saying:
“ART Grand Prix had a very enjoyable and fruitful year with George in GP3, both sporting and personal, so it was only natural that we renewed our partnership for Formula 2, hand in hand with Mercedes-Benz, where George is one of their young drivers. ART Grand Prix’s experience together with George’s talent should allow us to fight and defend our title in the entry series to Formula 1.”
Both of the Brits will make their official Formula 2 debut in Bahrain later this year where the Formula 2 season will begin on the 6th of April.