Jack Aitken joins Williams as reserve driver after Renault departure

The former Renault junior driver will join the British formula 1 team as their official reserve driver for the upcoming season.

The 24-year old brit is scheduled to make one Friday practice appearance, and will be attending all 22 races in case he needs to fill in for the team’s drivers, George Russell and rookie Nicholas Latifi, should they be unable.

He will also assist the team putting in work in the simulator and attend all of the races of the 2020 season should he be needed in the car.

“It feels pretty great to be announced as a member of the team. I’ve grown up watching a lot of Formula 1 obviously and Williams was such a big name in the sport for so long. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can contribute,” Jack says in the announcement from Williams.

He joins William’s supporting roster alongside official test driver Roy Nissany and the two british development drivers Dan Ticktum and Jamie Chadwick.

Jack Aitken finished fifth in last year’s Formula 2 season finishing behind Nicholas Latifi who will make his Formula 1 debut with Williams. Aitken had three victories during the season driving for Campos Racing.

“It is obvious from what Jack has achieved so far he is a young driver with a great career ahead of him,” Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, says in an official statement from the team.

Yesterday, the brit announced his departure from the Renault junior programme thanking the French team and wishing them well.

Aitken filled the role of reserve driver at the Renault team in 2018, and becoming their test driver for the 2019 season.

Following the announcement, the 24-year old teased upcoming news by changing his social media banner to a black image with the text ‘February 4’, making fans label the day JackAitkenDay on social media.