Jack Aitken will drive for the Williams Racing Formula 1 team during practice at the Red Bull Ring this Friday (10 July).
The British-Korean driver will get behind the wheel of the 2020 Williams FW43 in the first practice session ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix: the second of two back-to-back races being held in Austria to begin the new season.
Jack will replace George Russell to make his first appearance in an official F1 grand prix session: Another important step towards his goal of racing at the highest level in the near future.
It will also be his first time representing Williams on-track since joining the famous British team as its reserve driver for this year.
In his role, Jack is on standby and ready to race for Williams at a moment’s notice should the team need to replace one of its two race drivers. The 90-minute practice session will give him the chance to familiarise himself with the FW43 – experience that could prove valuable should he be called up to race the car at any point during the season.
Jack is also competing in Formula 2 this year for Campos Racing, with the season beginning in Austria alongside F1. After his F1 practice run on Friday he will hop straight into his F2 car for the rest of the weekend.
“It’s definitely an exciting step in my career, and one that I’ve been trying to prepare for over the last few weeks,” says Jack. “I’ve been doing a lot of work in the team’s simulator and trying to make sure that I can just jump in and do the job. The whole idea is for me to get in the car fairly early on in the season. There’s obviously an increased risk this year that teams will need to call on their reserve drivers and, should that happen, I need to be as ready as possible to just get in and be familiar with the car and all the procedures. This is the best way to do that and I can’t wait to get my first taste of the Williams on track.”