Reigning Formula E world champion Nyck de Vries will drive for Williams in the opening free practice session of the Spanish GP.
Williams decided to give one of two mandatory young driver outings this season to de Vries. It is the first time he will be behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car during a Grand Prix. The Dutchman will replace Alexander Albon during FP1.
“Firstly, I’d really like to thank Williams for the opportunity to run in FP1. It’s great for me to get to know the team and drive the FW44, and also to get myself out on track during a Formula 1 weekend,” de Vries commented on the announcement.
“Preparation for the test is going well so far and the team have been incredibly supportive of me. I’m very much looking forward to the whole experience in Spain now.”
Williams sporting director Sven Smeets added: “I’m looking forward to seeing Nyck join the team for FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“As he is a very talented and experienced driver, I have no doubt that he’ll maximize his time in the FW44 and deliver a strong, capable performance for the team.”