George Russell has been confirmed as the first driver for Hitech Grand Prix’s first FIA European Formula 3 Championship full-time campaign, making a switch over from the Carlin team.
The 2014 BRDC F4 Champion and part of the British Racing Drivers’ Club SuperStar programme had been testing with Hitech since the end of last season, with the team having made its debut in the championship with Alexander Sims in Portimao in 2015, with Russell admitting the professional nature of the team made the decision to race for them in 2016 an easy one.
“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,” said Russell. “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 Team Manager David Hayle has welcomed the news that Russell will race for the team in 2016, and hopes to be fighting towards the front of the grid with the Briton.
“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,” said Hayle.
“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 Grand Prix are hoping to field three cars during their debut season, with the other two drivers to be announced at a later date, with Russian teenager Nikita Mazepin one of the candidates for the squad.