Roy Nissany will be back in action for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix, putting in the laps in FP1. The 25-year-old Israeli driver will replace George Russell in the weekend’s opening practice session. Nissany has already had two Friday practices with Williams, driving the FW42 in Spain and again in Italy.
“Bahrain is a very special track for me, driving a Formula One car around it for the first time means a lot,” he said.
“It is always a great opportunity to develop on such a technical and demanding track.”
Nissany will swap from Formula 1 to Formula 2 over the course of the weekend as he contests the final two rounds of the F2 season with Trident Racing. He is currently P19 in the championship having scored five points.
He will also drive the FW43 in the post-season Abu Dhabi test next month, taking up the driving duties along with reserve driver Jack Aitken. Williams said in its statement that the team is looking ‘forward to hearing Roy’s feedback on how the car has changed since his previous outing in Monza, and to his feedback on the test components.’
Williams is the only team yet to score a single point this season. Russell and Nicholas Latifi have both had near misses with P11s with the team hoping to break its duck before the season is over.
“I am really looking forward to these final three races, it has been a very intense season and it has absolutely flown by,” said Russell.
“Bahrain is a circuit that I always enjoy and is a race that takes place at dusk which is an exciting dynamic to experience again.
“There is plenty to look forward to and we want to end this season strong, to be satisfied and pleased with the job we have done before heading into the winter break and 2021.”