Defending BRDC F4 champions Lanan Racing confirmed double CIK-FIA European Karting Champion George Russell as their first driver for the 2014 F4 season.
Russell, still then just 15, resides in Wisbech in Cambridgeshire and graduated to car racing in F4 with an enviable track record of success in karting, having secured 13 titles in five years. He began racing in 2006 at the age of eight, and secured his first two championship successes in 2008.
Moving up to the MSA FKS British Championship Cadet category in 2009, he secured three titles while taking the vice champion position in the Super One Cadet category. He took four titles in 2010, stepping up to Rotax Mini Max with glory in the MSA British Super One, Formula Kart Stars, Kartmasters Grand Prix and Rotax Cup.
Then in 2011 at the age of 13, he became CIK-FIA European Champion in KF3, before creating history in 2012 by becoming the first driver to claim the title in consecutive years, while adding further titles in the KF3 Winter Cup and SKUSA Supernationals.
In 2013 he was a winner in the WSK Euro Series in Italy. His next target was to emulate the success of Jake Hughes, who stepped out of karting and into cars with Lanan, and became the first F4 champion in 2013.
A stunning year in F4 handed Russell the title, holding off a late charge from his teammate Maini. He also was awarded the highly covted BRDC Autosport Award, which culminated in a test in a McLaren Formula 1 car.