366 Group is delighted to confirm that its client, young British-Korean driver Jack Aitken, has taken another step towards his goal of racing in Formula 1 by joining the ROKiT Williams Racing as its Reserve Driver for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Jack, 24, joins Williams following an impressive 2019 season in FIA Formula 2 where he won three races for Campos Racing (its first ever victories in the series) and finished fifth in the standings. Before that, he was a double Formula Renault champion and went on to be runner-up in GP3 in 2017. Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Jack has spent time with the Renault F1 Team as their Reserve and Test Driver over the past two seasons, gaining valuable experience both on and off the track.
In his new role as Williams’ Reserve Driver, Jack will attend all F1 Grands Prix during the year, integrating himself into the trackside team and being on hand should the need arise to replace one of the race drivers. Jack will undertake crucial work for Williams in the team’s simulator and will make his debut on-track appearance during an F1 race weekend by taking part in a Friday FP1 session. Finally, Jack will support the team in media and marketing activities throughout the year.
Williams is one of the most successful teams in F1 history, with a strong tradition of developing and promoting talented young drivers. As the team seeks to move up the F1 grid, Jack will perform an important role in its development, with his Free Practice outing providing an invaluable chance to correlate the simulator performance with data from the track.
Jack commented: “It is a great honour to join ROKiT Williams Racing as their Reserve Driver for the 2020 season
“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.”