Williams F1 Abu Dhabi Young driver test with Aitken and Nissany

Williams F1 Abu Dhabi Young driver test with Aitken and Nissany

15.12.2020: Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Drivers: Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany Location: Yas Marina Circuit, 5.554 km Weather: Hot and dry Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: After a tricky season, it was good to finish with a productive and smooth day.


Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test
Drivers: Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, 5.554 km
Weather: Hot and dry




Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
After a tricky season, it was good to finish with a productive and smooth day. Both Jack and Roy have driven the car several times this year, but for both to get a chance to have the car for a full day in the calm environment of a Young Driver Day was very valuable for everyone.



Conditions can be a little different during the Abu Dhabi day than in the afternoon and evening sessions at the race weekend, but nonetheless, it was good, valuable and representative running. Both drivers did an excellent job, enjoyed themselves and gained some very useful experience, which will help them to make increasingly valuable contributions to the car development programmes.



As well as giving an opportunity to our young drivers, it also gives us a chance to rotate some of the engineers and mechanics, which increases our overall experience level and helps us motivate and train people for the next steps in their careers. With the prospect of longer seasons in the years ahead, this additional training is vital.



Jack Aitken
: It was a really good day, and I had lots of fun, but I wish we had more tyres to play with! We got through a nice programme, I got plenty of laps and we had no major issues which is always nice.


There were a few things that we went into more detail with that we didn’t have time to in Bahrain. It was nice to go through some of the procedures and really knuckle down in more detail on some things which is a luxury. It was a nice way to end the year and thanks again to Williams for the opportunity.



Roy Nissany: I
t is always nice to jump back in the car and today was amazing. In contrast to the FP1s, it was a full day with lots of kilometres logged, lots of learning, lots of understanding of the car – a great experience. It was also a challenge in terms of the development, and in terms of understanding a few mechanical changes.


Overall, I am happy with my performance, and I think the team is as well. It was a great way to end the year. I will take all the conclusions, go deep into the data and spend the winter analysing it all.




1.    F. Alonso    Renault DP World F1 Team    1:36.333    105
2.    N. de Vries    Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team    1:36.595    110
3.    S. Vandoorne    Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team    1:36.840    82
4.    R. Kubica    Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN    1:37.446    89
5.    Y. Tsunoda    Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda    1:37.557    123
6.    J. Vips    Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    1:37.770    101
7.    A. Fuoco    Scuderia Ferrari    1:37.817    126
8.    C. Ilott    Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN    1:37.826    93
9.    G. Zhou    Renault DP World F1 Team    1:37.902    98
10.    J. Aitken    Williams Racing    1:38.153    78
11.    R. Shwartzman    Scuderia Ferrari    1:38.157    129
12.    S. Buemi    Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    1:38.284    77
13.    M. Sato    Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda    1:38.495    127
14.    R. Nissany    Williams Racing    1:39.800    75
15.    M. Schumacher    Haas F1 Team    1:39.947    125
 

 

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