Williams F1 Team announced that Roy Nissany will continue his work as Official Test Driver with the Grove-based team in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The Israeli officially joined Williams ahead of the 2020 season, contributing to the development of the FW43 both through his work on-track and in the simulator at Grove. The 26-year-old took part at select Grand Prix weekend with Friday practice outings at Barcelona, Monza and Bahrain last year and drove for the team in the Abu Dhabi post-season test.
In 2021, he will continue his work with Williams and is poised to take part in three FP1 sessions across the season. Despite the extremely short, only three-day pre-season testing, the Tel Aviv-born will also be behind the wheel for a day of pre-season testing, which is due to take place in Bahrain just two weeks ahead of the season-opening race at the same venue.
Apart from the on-track actions, the team confirmed that Nissany will undertake an increased simulator programme back at Grove.
After this morning's announcement, why not see what goes on behind-the-scenes of an FP1 session with our Test Driver 📽️pic.twitter.com/30JpI9WCKJ— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) January 19, 2021
Speaking about the announcement, Roy Nissany said; “I am truly honoured to continue being part of Williams. Since we started, we have made huge progress across many areas - on top of the great FP1's, we had a lot of productive work behind the scenes.
„While dedicating as much as I can to the team, I enhanced my skills and my capabilities as a driver. I am very keen to continue this form in 2021.”
Commenting on the contract extension, Williams Team Principal Simon Roberts said: “I am pleased that Roy will continue as the team’s Official Test Driver into 2021, building on the good work we started last year.
„As a team, we were very happy with the contributions Roy made both through his work on-track and in the simulator at Grove, which all aided the lap time gains we were able to make with the FW43. We also enjoyed seeing Roy grow as a driver, and we have no doubt that he will continue to go from strength-to-strength this year,” he concluded.