For several years, Williams F1 has had a program for young drivers giving pride of place to those who bring a budget. Jost Capito, the team manager, doesn’t want this to be the case anymore.
« We will have to restructure and review our junior program, because I want to improve it and make it a real junior program » Capito said. « This discussion is just getting started. But I think in the future we need to have a real young pilots program. »
In addition to Jack Aitken, who is Williams’ reserve driver and replaced George Russell at Sakhir in 2020, the junior team consists of Roy Nissany (photo), strongly supported and present in some FP1s, and Jamie Chadwick. Until last month, Dan Ticktum was also part of the program.
With healthy finances, thanks in particular to Michael Latifi and Dorilton Capital, the team will be able to focus on finding young talent. Separately, Capito is hopeful that Alex Albon, who will team up with Nicholas Latifi next year, will stay for more than a season and will not be recalled immediately by Red Bull.
« I don’t see a reason why it wouldn’t happen, and it would be nice if it happened like that. But in competition you never know, a lot can happen. It was up to us, anyone. one who can grow with the team but already has experience at a young age. «
« He’s had a fantastic experience. He’s been through a lot, he’s been through ups and downs, and both of them have matured him as a driver. And considering his age, I think the best is yet. coming up concerning him. That was one of the crucial decision points. «