Russell skips first free practice in France, Nissany replaces him

15-06-2021 11:22 | Updated: 15-06-2021 15:17
by GPblog.com
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Russell skips first free practice in France, Nissany replaces him

The French Grand Prix is just around the corner. At Paul Ricard Williams will hope to get rid of the tenth and last place in the Constructors' Championship. Nicolas Latifi and George Russell will have to take care of this. During the first free practice in the south of France, there will be another name in the white/blue car.

Roy Nissany will drive his laps at the Paul Ricard circuit. He will do this instead of George Russell, who will return during the second free practice. Nicolas Latifi will drive all free practices. On the site of Williams Nissany says he is looking forward to returning to the track.

"I can't wait to be back in the car, it's very addictive. Circuit Paul Ricard is a special circuit for me, I love the layout and have great memories of it. The last sector is usually very challenging, and I can't wait to experience it in the FW43B." Nissany will mainly have to test the parts Williams has put in place in Baku. They should help improve Williams' performance in the wind. At least this is the intention according to Dave Robson, head of vehicle performance at Williams.

"Roy will play an active role in our engineering programme, further evaluating some of the components we introduced in Azerbaijan. His experience of driving at this circuit and his feel for the car will help us understand the details of the new parts."

Dave Robson looking forward to triple header

Next weekend marks the start of the first triple header. After France, two races are scheduled in Austria. Robson is looking forward to it in any case. "This is the first of three consecutive races and although the schedule is demanding for the team, everyone is looking forward to getting the most out of the FW43B at two different and iconic circuits, first here in France and then in Austria for the second and third part of the triple-header."

In any case, it will be an ideal opportunity to test the new modifications and hand over the role as the straggler in the constructors' championship to Haas F1.

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