Nasr the real Williams Third Driver not Susie Wolff says manager

Felipe Nasr

Felipe Nasr

Felipe Nasr’s manager, his uncle, is adamant that the Brazilian is the real Third Driver at Williams this year.

The comments made by Amir Nasr, a well-known figure in the world of Brazilian motor racing, follow news that Susie Wolff will drive the new Williams on the Fridays of both the British and German grands prix this year.

Just days earlier, the Grove based team appointed the Banco do Brasil-backed 21-year-old Felipe Nasr to the Test and Reserve role, saying that he will appear in the Mercedes-powered FW36 on five Friday mornings in 2014.

Speaking to Jovem Pan radio, Amir Nasr played down suggestions that Felipe’s new role could be a shared or back-seat one, such as when Lotus Reserve Davide Valsecchi last year was overlooked when Kimi Raikkonen headed for back surgery.

“Felipe is the real third driver of the team – it is in the contract,” Amir Nasr insisted.

“In case of any problem with the race drivers, he is the natural replacement.

“He will have to go to all of the grands prix and he will work in the simulator each week to compensate for the lack of track time.

“It is a more complex task than it seems,” Amir added.

Amir Nasr said that only a one-year contract with Williams was agreed because the chance that the British team can offer him a race seat for 2015 is slim.

“Williams has two very good [Race) Drivers,” he said. “Massa has a three-year contract while Bottas is 23 and a potential World Champion.

“We could not agree a longer contract because we would not have a guarantee that he would be promoted,” Amir explained. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Obviously Amir Nasr is starting mind games trying to undermine Susie and the amount of work she has done for Williams even if we just focus on this years car Susie has worked on all the systems to help the engineers test the systems the chassis the set up for the drivers I hear she has been invaluable for the team with consistent accurate feedback. The fact is Williams wouldn’t keep her if she was useless would they. Amir if you play these games you may well lose your Driver/Nephew his standing within Williams as we all know Frank has all his marbles and he has a reputation for not doing well with driver politics.