Roy Nissany was pleased with his performance during the first free practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza where the Israeli driver took over the driving duties from George Russell.
The Williams Racing test driver, who is competing full-time in the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2020 with Trident, impressed across his twenty-five laps to end eighteenth fastest, ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel and regular Williams race driver Nicholas Latifi.
Nissany, who ran his first practice session with the team at the Spanish Grand Prix last month, said he had made progress in between then and now, and he was able to keep his emotions in check and perform to a high level across the ninety-minute session.
“It was another great FP1 session and we tested all the items that we wanted to,” said Nissany. “I was very pleased with my own performance, and the team was as well.
“I feel like I have made good progress since my first FP1 outing in Barcelona. We did well there and even better today, so I am happy, satisfied and it was emotional to drive such a legendary track for the first time in a Formula One car.
“As always, I kept my emotions down, had my robot mode on and performed.”
Dave Robson, the Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams, praised Nissany’s efforts, feeling he did a good job on a challenging track, and he provided good feedback as well as showing good pace.
“FP1 was a good session with Roy Nissany taking George’s seat and again impressing with this pace and feedback,” said Robson. “He did a good job at what can be a challenging circuit, and, as in Spain, his contribution to the engineering programme was excellent and well judged.”