Jack Aitken has been retained as a reserve by Williams F1 team for 2021 season, as he will get a FP1 run alongside the simulator work.
Williams has retained another of its 2020 driver, as Aitken keeps his reserve role, where he will get to drive the FW43B in a FP1 session. Alongside that, he will continue working in the simulator and undertake several marketing activities throughout the year.
“After providing me with one of the most special moments of my career to date last year, I am absolutely delighted to continue with Williams in the position of Reserve Driver,” said Aitken, who made his F1 debut in special circumstances in Sakhir.
“In my short time at Grove I have already found many friends, and a deep desire for success as a team. The professionalism and work ethic of everyone here is something that makes me wear my kit with pride, and having had a taste of racing in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, I am fully intent on providing as much support as possible while continuing my development as a race driver.
“I will complement this role with other programmes, to be announced shortly, which will aid me in this goal and provide opportunities to expand my skills even further,” summed up Aitken, who hasn’t announced any racing plans as yet for 2021.
At the same time, Simon Roberts, added: “We are pleased to retain Jack for the 2021 season. He is a great talent and quickly became a much-liked member of the team. He really impressed us with his performance at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year in Bahrain, stepping up to the challenge at short notice to put in a strong performance over the course of the weekend.
“Jack is a talented individual that works incredibly hard, and we look forward to seeing him contribute to the team once again this season.” Looking at the line-up, Aitken joins Roy Nissany and Jamie Chadwick in the Williams retention group, with just Dan Ticktum to go.
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