BRDC Formula 4 champion George Russell has joined Carlin for the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

16-year-old Russell won the 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC award, beating the best of Britain's young drivers, and is a promising talent moving rapidly up the ranks.

As well as lifting the Formula 4 title Russell impressed in the FR2.0 ALPS finishing a respectable fourth. The Norfolk-born racer ended the season with a dominate victory in Jerez as a wild card entry for the Renault 2.0 Eurocup.

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Russell, who will turn 17 in mid-February, joins one of the most successful Euro F3 teams on the grid in the shape of Carlin and will team mate Gustavo Menezes. Previous drivers who have achieved success with Carlin are Daniel Ricciaro, Max Chilton, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen.

Russell said he feels honoured to join such a high-profile team and has his sights fixed firmly on winning races in 2015.

"I am very excited to be starting the next chapter of my motor racing career with a team that has such incredible pedigree," Russell said. "To join the list of names that have driven for the team is a great honour and I am focused on making 2015 a strong year."

Trevor Carlin expects Russell to succeed at his team despite limited experience in single-seat racing and was thoroughly impressed by the youngster.

"Despite his young age, George is very mature in the car and that's one of the elements that most impressed us about him," Carlin said. "His pace from the outset was very promising and there's no doubt that he is ready for F3. He's demonstrated great race craft and speed on his way to the BRDC F4 title last year and in the right environment we expect to see him flourish in Formula 3."