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Nissany joins Williams as official test driver

  • Published on 15 Jan 2020 10:15
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams has announced the signing of Roy Nissany, who will hold the role as the team's test driver in 2019.

The 25-year-old tested with the Grove-based squad at the end of the 2019 season in Abu Dhabi, driving the FW42 during the two days of running.

Williams confirmed the signing of Nissany at a press conference in Tel Aviv, where Nissany was born. 

As part of his duties, Williams has confirmed that Nissany will take part in three free practice one sessions throughout the year, while also taking part in one rookie test day.

“I am thrilled to become Official Test Driver for ROKiT Williams Racing," Nissany said. "This is also a landmark for motorsport in Israel.

"When I tested for the team in Abu Dhabi in December, I instantly felt comfortable in the car and part of the team.

"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 will also handle simulator duties as Williams looks to bounce back from a disastrous 2019 season that saw it consistently compete at the rear of the field.

Williams also announced that Nissany will race in the FIA Formula 2 championship this year, having raced most of the 2018 campaign.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Roy Nissany to ROKiT Williams Racing in the role of our Official Test Driver," said Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams.

"Roy demonstrated his capabilities driving in the post-season Abu Dhabi test last year and we were extremely impressed with what he could do in a short space of time. He is a hard-working individual who we are excited to be working with this year.”

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  • Mansell

    Posts: 71

    It can get worse for williams....

    Russell and 4 rookies now including this guy,
    Trying to get williams back up the grid.

    Turned into Minardi mk2

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    • Jan 15 2020 - 11:52
  • I'm sure he's a lovely chap. But come on! I shouldn't be surprised, but yet I am. Williams keeps digging deeper and deeper to find pay drivers. Nissany was 22nd in the F2 championship in 2018. He didn't compete in a championship in 2019! I hate so much what Claire has done to this once glorious team. They are now the benchmark of mediocrity and negligence. They don't even have the hustle credit from other struggling teams like Virgin, Marussia, Caterham, and others... those were actually small team, lifted from the ground up. Williams has a rich history. Funding. Connections. Engineering talent.

    • + 1
    • Jan 16 2020 - 02:09
    • xoya

      Posts: 510

      If only they were mediocre...

      • + 0
      • Jan 16 2020 - 10:21
    • They ain,'t even mediocre. They are plain bad.

      • + 0
      • Jan 16 2020 - 13:00

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