05 February 2019 11:49
Formula 1 braces for three new British drivers in 2019. We have a look back on their careers so far
About the drivers:
Newly crowned Formula 2 Champion George Russell is part of Mercedes Young Driver Program, after famously approaching Toto Wolff with a Powerpoint presentation on why he'll be a World Champion. In 2019, George will be driving for Williams F1. The 20-year old's journey to Formula 1 has been impressive:
2014 - BRDC F4 Champion, also got pole and won the race during a one-off guest drive in Formula Renault 2.0. George also became the youngest ever BRDC Autosport Award winner.
2015 - Runner-up to Charles Leclerc in the rookie class of the Formula 3 European Championship.
2016 - Runner-up overall in the Formula 3 European Championship.
2017 - GP3 Champion, and tested with the AMG Mercedes Formula 1 team for the first time.
2018 - Formula 2 Champion, and completed tests with Force India and Williams.
At 19 years old, Lando is the youngest of the three drivers. Originally looking at a career on two wheels rather than four, his father took him to a karting meeting aged 7, switching his focus to Formula 1. Lando will be driving for McLaren in 2019, although he took the road less travelled through the British motorsport ranks:
2014 - Came third overall in the Ginetta Juniors Championship.
2015 - Won the first ever MSA Formula Championship in Britain.
2016 - Won three Championships, and the BRDC Autosport Young Driver Program.
2017 - Won the Formula 3 European Championship. Also finished in second place at the Formula 3 Masters in Macau. He also completed his first test for McLaren F1.
2018 - Runner up in the Formula 2 World Championship, whilst acting as McLaren F1's reserve and test driver.
Son of British racing driver Nigel Albon, Alexander was born into racing. His first years in motorsport however were a bit of a struggle, until he earned his way into GP3 and worked his way into Formula 1. Alexander will be driving for Toro Rosso this season.
2012 - Aged 15, finished 38th of 41 in Formula Renault 2.0.
2013-2014 - Remained in Formula Renault 2.0, improving in 2013 and finishing 3rd in 2014 (despite not having won a race all season).
2015 - Finished 7th overall in the Formula 3 European Championship.
2016 - Moved into GP3, finishing in second place to Charles Leclerc.
2017 - Entered Formula 2, finishing 10th in the Championship.
2018 - Finished 3rd in the Formula 2 World Championship. Signed to drive for Nissan in Formula E, until Toro Rosso bought him out of the contract, freeing him to drive in Formula 1 in 2019.