Zak O’Sullivan, the runner-up in this year’s F3 championship, and fellow Williams junior Franco Colapinto will both have opportunities to drive an F1 car during the Abu Dhabi GP weekend, with O’Sullivan driving in an official session and Colapinto participating in post-season testing.
‣ Zak O’Sullivan will make his debut in an F1 session during the Abu Dhabi GP weekend
‣ Franco Colapinto will also be in action in Abu Dhabi, sharing the FW45 with O’Sullivan
‣ O’Sullivan has driven an F1 car twice before, but not during an official F1 session
‣ O’Sullivan and Colapinto are grateful to Williams for the opportunity.
Young talent Zak O’Sullivan, who came in second place in this year’s F3 championship, is set to make his debut in an F1 session during the Abu Dhabi GP weekend. In an exciting opportunity, Williams has granted the British driver the chance to take the wheel of Alexander Albon‘s FW45 during FP1. This will be O’Sullivan’s third time driving an F1 car, but his first experience in an official F1 session. Fellow Williams junior Franco Colapinto will also join the action in Abu Dhabi, sharing the FW45 with O’Sullivan for a day during post-season testing. For Colapinto, this will be his first time driving an F1 car.
O’Sullivan expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming rookie test, stating, “I’m really excited to participate in FP1 at Abu Dhabi. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the FW45 for the first time and get some good mileage under my belt.” He also expressed gratitude towards Williams Racing for the opportunity and for their faith in him. O’Sullivan will also be participating in the post-season rookie test to further his development with the team. This will be a crucial opportunity for him to showcase his skills and continue his progression in the sport.
Colapinto, on the other hand, shared his gratitude towards Williams Racing for giving him the chance to drive an F1 car in his first year in the Academy. He mentioned, “I’ve been dreaming of this day since I was a kid and have been working really hard for this. To have this chance at the official young driver test is a real honor.” This opportunity is a testament to his dedication and potential as a young driver.
It’s worth noting that O’Sullivan had previously completed a test with Aston Martin last year, and Williams provided him with another test opportunity using an older car to reach the 300km mark. This allowed him to obtain his license for F1 practice, setting the stage for his upcoming session at Abu Dhabi. With these exciting developments, O’Sullivan and Colapinto are set to make their mark and impress the F1 community with their skills and potential.