My time has come: Williams driver George Russell wants promotion to Mercedes and a chance to fight for the Formula One world championship after impressing when standing in for Sir Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain last year

This is not a job application from George Russell, but it might as well be. The situation is that the King’s Lynn-born star is part of Mercedes’ young driver programme and, after winning the Formula Two title in 2018, is entering his third season for Williams. I had to give it everything, as I do for Williams every weekend. ‘I had to unlearn the Williams things and learn the Mercedes things in the space of two days. ‘I want to drive in a car that allows me to fight for a championship,’ he said. ‘No assurances,’ he said, ‘other than I have been told I am part of Mercedes’ future when the time is right.

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