“It’s great to be part of the Junior Programme,” beamed George. “It is an incredible opportunity to have the backing of the Formula One World Champions. I’m proud to have been given this kind of recognition for all the hard work that’s gone into my career over the years so far.” George showed speed, determination and fighting spirit to seal third place in the 2016 European Formula 3 Championship, with Mercedes-Benz powering him to a total of three pole positions, two wins, ten podium finishes and five fastest race laps along the way. “George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we’ve been keeping a close eye on him for a while now,” commented Toto Wolff. “It’s still early days in his career but we see great potential in him.” For 2017, George will compete in the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix on Formula One weekends, following in the footsteps of fellow MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Junior Esteban Ocon and, of course, newly announced race driver Valtteri Bottas – both of whom won this championship en route to F1.