F2 leader Nicholas Latifi will get a second outing for Williams in FP1 with George Russell making way for the Canadian in France.
Latifi, Williams’ reserve and development driver this season, got his first run out at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he replaced Robert Kubica.
That could well end up being a permanent switch if rumours are to believed that Latifi is first in line for Kubica’s seat if he and Williams decide to part ways come the end of the season.
But, for the meantime, Latifi is just aiming to build upon his experience in Formula 1 machinery this weekend.
“I’m excited to continue my FP1 programme with the team in France coming off a successful weekend in Canada,” said Latifi.
“Montreal had a lot of positives and I’m looking to build on those experiences going into Le Castellet.
“It’s quite a different track with a lot less risk involved due to the nature of the circuit which will give me confidence to push a bit harder.
“It’s also a weekend where I will be mixing my F1 duties with an F2 race weekend, which poses a unique challenge. I’m more than up for it and looking forward to what will be a very busy weekend.”