Roy Nissany says it took him just four laps to get used to the Williams FW42 as he returned to a race car cockpit for the first time in over a year.
Williams have given some testing time to Israeli racing driver Roy Nissany alongside race drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi to round out their 2019 season. The 25 year old has been on the sidelines throughout 2019, having last driven a racing car for Campos during the 2018 Formula 2 Championship.
The son of Chanoch Nissany, Roy was at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as he took over the FW42 from Russell for the afternoon of the opening test day for Pirelli. He would go on to put in 41 laps of the circuit, with a best time of 1:44.760, the slowest of the twelve drivers to take part in the day’s action. His time was just over three seconds slower than the next slowest, Sean Gelael for Toro Rosso.
When Nissany stepped out of the car, he couldn’t help himself from smiling as he enthused about his afternoon. “I feel great!” he said. “You know that feeling that you like your job and you know what you are doing. It took me four laps to get comfortable in the car, and from there on it was just building up my pace and confidence.”
“We were improving and making our best laps until the end, and we made a few changes according to my wishes. I now feel confident in the car, with a lot of potential in our pocket so that tomorrow morning will be exactly what we need for the last improvements in 2019.”
Nissany is back at the wheel of the FW42 for the morning of the second and final day of testing on Wednesday, with Nicholas Latifi taking over the car then for the afternoon.
Williams’ Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson said: “The main objectives with Roy were to get him comfortable in the car and to give him his first experience of the FW42 whilst gathering his thoughts on the 2020 tyres. We completed all these objectives without issue and Roy did an excellent job on his first day with the team.”