Roy Nissany to drive for Williams at Bahrain FP1

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Roy Nissany to drive for Williams at Bahrain
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Roy Nissany looks set to have a bumper end to his F2 season with Williams confirming that he will make a third FP1 appearance at the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. The Israeli driver will also drive at the young driver test at Abu Dhabi for the team.

The Trident is driver languishing down in 19th in the F2 standings with just 5 points to his name. Nissany’s third and fourth opportunities to pilot an F1 car this year are part of his contract with Williams and their Driver Academy programme.

After his FP1 appearances in Spain and Italy in the summer, he was certain to enjoy a session in the Middle East after no participation at Turkey. The confirmation of joining FP1 at Bahrain means Roy Nissany will enjoy the full power of an F1 car at two more circuits this year.

Jack Aitken joins Roy Nissany back in the Williams

Jack Aitken will also return to the Williams cockpit. However, it will only be at the test at the Yas Marina circuit. Aitken, of course, also took the reigns of the Williams back in Austria for the Styrian Grand Prix FP1 session. The Abu Dhabi marina will present quite a different challenge to the mountains of Austria.

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Both drivers will be looking forward to having a full day of running, as opposed to the slender 90-minute window that a free practice session allows. The young driver test session is intended to only have drivers who are on a possible road to F1. As such, they won’t share the track with any current F1 drivers allowing them to be judged against their peers.

Even though the Williams FW43 is down on power and pointless in the Formula One championship, it represents a significant step-up of power to Formula 2. Yuki Tsunoda noted the power difference at his recent test for AlphaTauri at Imola. Roy Nissany may feel slightly less breathless at Yas Marina thanks to his Bahrain FP1 experience.

Regardless of what happens in the final for races in the F2 season, Nissany and Aitken will end this season on a high when they race around the Yas Marina circuit on December 15th.

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