Press Release 11 / 2019
25th October 2019
Williams signs to race in FIA F3 with Jenzer Motorsport
We are pleased to announce 19 year old West Australian Calan Williams as driver in our FIA F3 team in 2020. Calan has been signed by the team following a successful 3 day test in the Official FIA F3 post season testing in Valencia. He is in fact the first official driver announcement for the grid next season.
Since winning the 2017 Australian Formula 3 Championship in his debut season, Calan has raced with Fortec Motorsport in the 2018 and 2019 Euroformula Open F3 Championship on some of the most famous F1 circuits through Europe. In his strong championship highlights this year included a 4th place finish at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and a run of 7 points finishes in a row.
Calan explained: “I am incredibly excited about the year ahead, and to be able to race during F1 events in front of F1 teams is a huge opportunity. Driving the car in Valencia was an amazing experience. It is a real step up from the Formula 3 car I have driven for the past two seasons in Europe, with much more power, more downforce, and being a larger car it is heavier and more physical to drive”.
The conditions for the three days testing in Valencia were extremely challenging with a mixture of wet and dry running day 1, fine conditions day 2 and heavy rain all of day 3.
“Having my first outing in the car in the wet was certainly being thrown in the deep end! But to be P16 of the 30 drivers day 2, with most of those ahead being current drivers in the 2019 Championship was really pleasing. Also to be only 7 tenths of a second off the quickest time was even better, and considering it was my first time in the car, a really good place to start.”
Andreas said: “Last week I was very pleased to meet Calan when he visited our workshop for a seat fitting. After spending some time with our engineers on preparation work for the Valencia test, it was obvious to see he is a professional and focused young Australian man. Following on from the three days test, which were held in a range of varying conditions, clearly, we can see his potential. We are excited to be working together with him next year and look forward to a successful partnership.”
The 2020 FIA F3 Championship commences with 3 days of Official testing at Bahrain in March ahead of Round 1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix later that month.
Please read full press release on Calan’s website!