Ghiotto to get First Formula 1 Test with Williams in Hungary

by Paul Hensby

Luca Ghiotto will get his first taste of a Formula 1 car when he participates in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test with the Williams Martini Racing team.

The Italian, a frontrunner in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and a race winner during the 2016 GP2 Series season, will share driving duties with regular race driver Felipe Massa at the beginning of August at the Hungaroring.

Ghiotto has finished on the Formula 2 podium on three occasions this season so far with Russian Time, and has showed both speed and overtaking prowess to get good results often against the odds. He is also the 2015 GP3 Series runner-up, finishing a close second to champion and now Sahara Force India F1 Team racer Esteban Ocon.

“A big thanks to Williams for this opportunity,” said Ghiotto. “I think the first F1 test for any driver is a special moment, and to do it with such an historic team is even better so I’m really excited.

“Of course, I also need to focus on the F2 weekend beforehand, but I’m really looking forward to the test and I really hope it goes well.”

Claire Williams was pleased to announce the twenty-two-year-old, with the Williams Deputy Team Principal eager to see how Ghiotto performs during the test.

“This will be Luca’s first opportunity of a Formula One outing,” said Williams. “Our team has a strong track record for developing young talent, and we always enjoy seeing young drivers getting opportunities to demonstrate their ability.

“I look forward to seeing how he performs in the car next month.” 

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