Nissany to drive for Williams at Barcelona

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Williams has confirmed that its test driver Roy Nissany will get behind the wheel of the FW43 in the first free practice session for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Nissany will take over George Russell’s car in the first free practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix to make his debut at a grand priw weekend. On January 15, the Tel Aviv-born driver was confirmed as Williams’ official test driver for the 2020 F1 season. He is set to take part in Friday practice sessions at three grands prix.

The French-Israeli driver currently competes in the FIA Formula 2 championship with the Trident Racing and has scored a single championship point in the first ten races. He has previous experiences with F1’s main support series as he raced in F2 with the Campos Vexatec Racing in 2018.

The 25-year-old started his single-seater career in the Formula Lista Junior series in 2010 before joining the ADAC Formel Masters with Mücke Motorsport in the following two seasons. He stepped up the racing ladder by competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2013 and 2014 followed by a three-year spell in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Williams head of vehicle performance Dave Robson has confirmed that "Roy Nissany will drive George's car during FP1 at this event.

"We spent time with Roy in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, and we know that he will immediately be up to speed and contributing to the important test plan on Friday. We continue to push the FW43 hard and this return to Barcelona is an opportunity to explore again the higher downforce set-ups at a circuit that we know well,” he added.

Nissany has revealed that his first FP1 outing has been prepared with the Grove-based outfit.

"Driving an FP1 for the first time is a huge milestone for every driver, yet for me, it is also a national achievement to be carrying the Israeli flag. I have thoroughly been preparing for it with the team and I believe we can get great value out of it."