He graduated to the European Formula 3 Championship in 2015 in a field that included Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon, Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi. Armed with a Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, Russell won the second race of the opening weekend at Silverstone but only finished on the podium twice more all year. Sixth in the final standings, Russell finished second in the F3 Masters at Zandvoort when beaten by team-mate Giovinazzi. He switched to Hitech GP for 2016 and counted victories at Pau and Spa-Francorchamps among his ten podium finishes as he claimed third overall.
Championship success in GP3 and Formula 2
Now part of Mercedes-Benz’s junior driver roster, Russell joined ART Grand Prix for the 2017 GP3 Series. He converted race one pole position into victory at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone as he established himself at the top of the championship standings. Further victories in Belgium and Italy saw Russell ease to the title ahead of Albon. Mercedes also placed Russell with Force India as Friday test driver at the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi GPs as they evaluated him for the future.