Williams reacts to George Russell leaving for Mercedes

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Williams team boss Jost Capito says George Russell “has all the characteristics necessary to achieve the greatest success in our sport”.

With the news that George Russell will be joining Mercedes from 2022 onward, the young Briton’s time with Williams is coming to a close.

George started his Formula 1 career with Williams in 2019, while the team was at its lowest point in its illustrious history.

In his third year with Williams George Russell has helped the team become regular contenders for Q3, and has scored the team’s first podium since 2017 (albeit in unusual circumstances).

Russell’s contributions to the team are not lost on Williams team principal and CEO Jost Capito.

“Over the past three years, it’s been clear to every member of staff here at Williams just how dedicated, focused, and talented George is through his contributions to the team both on and off track,” said Capito.

“He has all the characteristics necessary to achieve the greatest success in our sport and we are therefore delighted for him, both as a team and me personally, to see him rewarded with the opportunity to test himself at Mercedes.

“We will watch his progress with interest and pride, knowing the role Williams has played in developing his considerable skills,” Capito concluded.

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George Russell also took to social media to thank his soon to be former team.

“It’s been an incredible journey these past three years,” the Briton said.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to Claire and Sir Frank [Williams] for giving me this opportunity in Formula 1 which I will remember for the rest of my life.

“And obviously the transition over to Jost and Dorilton has been incredibly appreciated, and what I see from the team is incredibly exciting.

“And this transition and the experiences we have shared together, especially recently, the double-points finish in Hungary, and then that front-row start, qualifying P2 in Spa and ultimately going on to secure the podium, is something I will also remember forever.

“So I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody, I’m really looking forward to these final nine races to finish the job off in style, thank you,” concluded Russell.

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