The 25-year-old Anglo-South Korean/Scot Jack Aitken has just announced the extension of his contract with the Williams academy as a reserve driver for the Formula One team.
Written by Bruna Brito, Edited by Aiden Hover
Jack Aitken making his Formula 1 race debut, at Williams for the Sakhir Grand Prix replacing George Russell, December 2020 (Photo Credits: F1/ Getty Images)
Aitken has two seasons of Formula 2 experience under his belt, with three wins achieved for the Campos Racing team. The Brit joined Renault’s driver academy in 2016 and the following year finished runner-up on his GP3 debut. That season was won by fellow Williams driver, George Russell.
In 2018, the Brit was announced as a test driver for the Renault F1 team, a role he played until last year where he joined Williams.
The positive Covid-19 test for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix in December last year gifted Aitken his chance to prove himself in a race setting as he subbed in for Russell who was himself subbing in for Hamilton at Mercedes. The race was marked by many dramas including a near-miss at the first win for Russell. Aitken finished 16th in his Williams FW-43, however, he too was involved in some drama that race having spun into the wall and losing his wing.
Through social media, Aitken stated: “It’s a fighting spirit. […] I am fully intent on providing as much support as possible while continuing my own development.” The driver also ensured that more news and new projects with Williams will be announced shortly.
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