Franco Colapinto will have his first FP1 chance with Williams in F1 British GP, as Oliver Bearman will have his third go with Haas.

Williams –

Williams Racing announces that F2 race winner Franco Colapinto will drive Logan Sargeant’s FW46 during Free Practice 1 (FP1) at this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 21-year-old Argentine, a member of the Williams Racing Driver Academy programme, is currently fifth in the FIA F2 Championship standings after a strong start to his rookie season.

Franco’s F2 campaign so far has seen him scoop a race win in Imola and podiums in the Barcelona and Austria Feature races, as well as four further points scoring outings for MP Motorsport. His progression to F2 followed an impressive sophomore year in the FIA F3 Championship where two race wins, including one at Silverstone, three further podiums and a total of 14 points finishing results led him to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.

The outing will be Franco’s FP1 debut but second in a Formula 1 car after he drove the FW45 at the Abu Dhabi young driver test last year, adding his name to a list of Argentines to have piloted an F1 car including legends Juan Manuel Fangio and ex-Williams driver Carlos Reutemann.  Following Friday morning’s FP1 session Logan Sargeant, himself a graduate of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, will return to the car for the remainder of the weekend.

Franco Colapinto: “I have so many emotions. I am extremely delighted and it’s a very important moment in my life and my career. I will be the most prepared I can; I will be doing a lot of laps in the simulator and studying the details needed to drive this year’s car. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the new car after driving last year’s in Abu Dhabi.

“To be able to drive it at a track like Silverstone is a privilege, it is one of my favourite tracks and to drive it at the team’s home race means a lot. To all the Argentine fans – I hope you enjoy FP1 as much as I’m going to! It’s an important moment for our country and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve been given. I’m going to give my all to make you proud!”

Sven Smeets, Sporting Director: “Franco has had a very encouraging start to his debut season in F2 and we are delighted to reward his performances over the past two years with his first FP1 session. We are proud of our talented group of drivers in the Williams Racing Driver Academy and it is important for us to give them the opportunity to progress and have these important chances as they move up the ladder. To showcase our talent at our home race at Silverstone is a nice moment and, of course, this is going to be a great day for the Argentine F1 fans.”

Haas –

MoneyGram Haas F1 Team Reserve Driver Oliver Bearman will participate in FP1 on home soil, his third of six planned outings in 2024. Ferrari Driver Academy member Bearman will take Magnussen’s place for the opening 60-minute session on Friday afternoon, before the Dane returns from FP2 onwards.

Oliver Bearman: “When I found out I was taking part in six FP1 sessions with MoneyGram Haas F1 Team and saw one of them was Silverstone, I’ve been counting down the days to it! It’s an amazing circuit and it will be a special feeling leaving the pit lane in front of all the British fans.”


Alpine –

We can confirm Jack Doohan will drive in Free Practice 1 this weekend in Silverstone. Jack will take over Pierre Gasly’s car for the one hour session on Friday.


Red Bull –

Welcome back, Isack Hadjar. Our junior driver will be in Checo’s car for FP1 at Silverstone.

[Note: The story is as per press release]

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