Williams to give Aitken FP1 outing for Styrian Grand Prix

Jack Aitken

Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken will get a chance to drive their 2020 Formula 1 car at the Styrian GP on Friday, the team has announced.

Taking over for George Russell in the FP1, Aitken, who currently drives for Campos in Formula 2, was previously a reserve for Renault before making the switch to Williams this year.

Dave Robson, Williams’ head of vehicle performance, explained the move in a team statement.

“If the weather allows, then this will be a rare opportunity to test some alternative approaches over a full race distance,” he said.

“On Friday we will also give Jack Aitken his first experience of the FW43 as he drives George’s car during FP1.

“Jack has been working hard with the engineers in Grove and we are looking forward to working with him at the track as we continue with our intensive test programme.”

The second weekend in a row at the Red Bull Ring, Williams will be looking to improve on a disappointing Austrian GP that saw a DNF for Russell and Nicholas Latifi the only finisher outside the points.