George Russell is looking ahead.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula 1 driver George Russell is already looking forward to the 2020 Grand Prix season, despite only finishing the current campaign last weekend.

King’s Lynn-born Russell concluded his maiden season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, recording a 17th place finish for ROKiT Williams Racing.

The state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit holds happy memories for Russell, having sealed the FIA Formula 2 Championship title there last year.

Russell showcased his class, improving in every session and outpacing team-mate Robert Kubica for the 21st time this season in qualifying.

He completed the 55-lap race ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and team-mate Kubica and said: “It was quite a fun but tough race and the pace was relatively good. 

“I didn’t make a strong start and a few people overtook me. After the pitstop the pace was strong for us, and I was pleased with the last half of the race.”

Remaining with Williams for 2020, despite various reports linking him with moves to a higher-profile team, Russell will embark on his second season at the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia, on March 13-15.

He was back in the cockpit on Wednesday, testing ready for the next season and said: “It was a productive day. We ran five sets of 2020 tyres and gathered useful information, which will benefit us next year. I’m looking forward to Australia and going racing again.”