Nissany to make FP1 debut in Barcelona

Jon Wilde
Roy Nissany

Roy Nissany

Roy Nissany is to make his F1 race weekend debut for Williams in free practice at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday morning, taking over George Russell‘s car.

The Israeli had previously taken part in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi last year and was announced in January as Williams’ test driver – joining reserve driver Jack Aitken and development drivers Dan Ticktum and Jamie Chadwick on the Grove team’s back bench.

Nissany currently competes for Trident in Formula 2, having previously driven for the Campos team in 2018. His only top-10 finish of the 2020 season so far came in the opening feature race on the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, Nissany ending up in P10.

“I am very keen to get in the car in Barcelona,” said 25-year-old Nissany, quoted by Autosport.

“Driving in 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.”

Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson added: “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 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 we know well.”

The Williams will bear the logos of Israel Start-Up Nation, which also lends its name to the cycling team that has acquired the services of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome from 2021.

Israel Start-Up Nation is bankrolled by Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, who currently backs Nissany’s racing career.

Having spent two seasons in the now-defunct Formula V8 3.5 before joining F2, Nissany won four races in the category with the Charouz-run Lotus team and with RP Motorsport.

He also ran in a test with Sauber in 2014 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, driving a two-year-old car.

Nissany’s father Chanoch drove in a free practice session for Minardi in 2005 ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix and was 12.9 seconds off the pace – 6.8sec away from regular driver Christijan Albers.

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