Former McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner George Russell has switched to Hitech GP for the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 championship for his second season in the series.
The 17-year-old stormed into the Euro F3 series this year by taking victory in his second ever race, race two at Silverstone, and enjoyed a successful rookie campaign with Carlin by notching up two further rostrums on his way to sixth place in the drivers' championship and second place behind Charles Leclerc in the rookies' championship.
The 2014 BRDC Formula 4 title winner will move from Carlin to Silverstone-based Hitech GP after a number of productive tests in the team's Dallara-Mercedes car.
“After testing with Hitech at the end of the F3 season, it was obvious to me how professional they were and how motivated they are to win,” Russell said. “By being let down at the last minute for Macau, it made any decision in joining Hitech an easy choice. The team showed [when it raced] in Hockenheim it can be immediately competitive. I am really looking forward to the season.”
Hitech GP team manager David Hayle says he is thrilled to secure the services of Russell for 2016 and is demanding his team makes a strong development push over the winter to give the British driver the tools for a championship fight next season.
“Since George sat in our car post-Hockenheim, I have made no secret of the fact we would love to have him with us next season,” Hayle said. “In the testing to date he has impressed us with his maturity and professionalism and, hopefully, with some good steps forward over the winter we can fight at the sharp end in 2016.”
Hitech GP is set to announce its drivers for its two remaining Euro F3 cars over the coming weeks with several drivers currently being evaluated.