Williams pick Israeli as Formula 1 test driver

16 Janvier, 2020, 14:11 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Nissany drove for Williams at the post-2019 Abu Dhabi test

The Israeli racing driver took part in a post-season test with the team past year and has now secured a deal that will see him take part in three Friday practice sessions in 2020.

Executives from Williams were in the coastal city of Tel Aviv to present Roy Nissany, whom the British team said will be the first driver to display the Israeli flag.

As part of the deal, the Israel Start-Up logo will appear on the Williams at race weekends when Nissany is driving the auto. "He is a hard-working individual who we are excited to be working with this year".

Roy Nissany, left, with Williams Formula One racing team Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams, at a press conference in Tel Aviv, January 15, 2020.

The 25-year-old French-Israeli joins the team after two days of testing last month in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Nissany raced in the Formula 2 championship in 2018, but his career CV lacks highlights, with a fourth-place finish in the 2016 World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship his standout achievement so far.

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In 2014 he first tried out in a Formula 1 vehicle with Swiss team Sauber Motorsport, the statement said.

"The experience that I will gain this year, immersing myself with Williams will prove invaluable and I'm looking forward to getting started, both on and off the track".

Nissany, the son of former one-time Minardi test driver Chanoch Nissany, will also be undertaking important simulator work for a team who endured a miserable F1 campaign last season, scoring just one point.

Williams have retained Mercedes-backed George Russell alongside Latifi this year.

"This is a landmark for motorsport in Israel", said Nissany.

The first confirmed vehicle launch for 2020 is Ferrari's on February 11, before pre-season testing starts on February 19.

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