Former Renault test driver Jack Aitken has been confirmed as Williams official reserve driver for the 2020 season.
Jack Aitken has been announced as the reserve driver for the Williams Formula 1 team for the 2020 season. The British-Korean driver raced for Campos in Formula 2 in 2019, picking up three wins en route to P5 in the Championship.
Since 2016, Aitken was part of the Renault F1 team after progressing through their Renault Sport Academy to become a test and reserve driver for the F1 team. However, he announced his departure from that programme on Monday before the news came on Tuesday that he has joined Williams as their official reserve driver.
The 24 year old will attend every single Grand Prix throughout 2020, with Williams saying he will be integrated into the trackside team and ready to jump in if needed to replace one of the race drivers due to exceptional circumstances. Aitken will also get his first chance to take part in a Grand Prix weekend, as the team have confirmed he will take part in at least one Friday FP1 session. Aitken will also carry out simulator work and carry out media and marketing duties.
“It is a great honour to join ROKiT Williams Racing as their Reserve Driver for the 2020 season.” said Aitken of his move to the Williams team from Renault.
“Williams has a great heritage in the sport and it’s an honour to be a part of the team. There’s a real pathway for young drivers at the team and I’ve been made to feel incredibly welcome from the very first time that I was invited to Grove and went on the simulator. I know that everyone at the factory is working extremely hard to help the team to develop, and with the experience I’ve already gained on and off the track in Formula 1, I’m excited to contribute towards that.”
“I have enjoyed a great rivalry with both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi over the past few years and it will now be good to work with them with the common aim of pushing the team forwards.”
“I am also excited to have the opportunity to drive the F1 car in a Free Practice session. Although I have done a lot of work in Renault’s F1 machinery over the past couple of years, the opportunity to drive as part of an F1 weekend, in front of all the fans will be a fantastic experience.”
“It is obvious from what Jack has achieved so far he is a young driver with a great career ahead of him,” said Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, “and we believe he has the right credentials to reach the top in the sport. Jack has proved his ability in FIA Formula 2 and GP3 and we look forward to seeing what he can achieve as the team’s Official Reserve Driver.”
This brings to six drivers the total who are on Williams’ books for 2020. Along with race drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, Williams also have signed Jamie Chadwick, Roy Nissany and Dan Ticktum as test and development drivers.
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