Each Williams F1 stand-in driver ranked

Nyck De Vries will make his Components 1 debut immediately with Williams within the Italian Grand Prix after his late name as much as fill in for Alex Albon, who’s affected by appendicitis.

De Vries is way from the primary driver to be drafted in as a brief stand-in for the venerable crew, which got here into F1 in 1977.

Right here’s our rating of who we loosely think about stand-in Williams drivers.

We’ve outlined them as ones driving rather than a quickly unavailable common driver, as an interim measure or, to stretch the classification, in a 3rd automobile. So longer-term replacements who got here in mid-season (Derek Daly, David Coulthard) haven’t been thought-about, and – after somewhat debate – we’ve determined Nigel Mansell’s 1994 reappearances are exterior the scope of this record too.

The rating relies not on their general qualities as drivers, however merely their effectiveness and affect – for higher or worse – of their stand-in position.

8 Mario Andretti

Italian Grand Prix Monza (ita) 10 12 09 1982

Between Carlos Reutemann’s retirement and Derek Daly touchdown the full-time seat, Williams wanted a driver for the 1982 Lengthy Seaside Grand Prix.

Who higher than 42-year-old Mario Andretti, who had a free weekend in his IndyCar schedule?

By Andretti’s illustrious requirements, it wasn’t an excellent weekend. He certified 14th and retired after 19 laps with suspension injury attributable to hitting the wall. His return later that season with Ferrari at Monza made a far larger affect.

7 Jack Aitken

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Aitken’s solely F1 begin to date got here within the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix as a stand-in for George Russell, who had been known as up for a one-off first outing for the works Mercedes crew when Lewis Hamilton was sidelined with COVID.

He certified solely a tenth off common driver Nicholas Latifi and began seventeenth. He did a really succesful job within the race too, however wiped off his entrance wing in a final-corner off.

Aitken recovered to the pits and rejoined, ending 18th, and was on standby to proceed within the automobile in Abu Dhabi, however Russell returned as soon as Hamilton was handed match.

“Instantly after I bought out of the automobile on Sunday, I used to be pissed off with myself due to the spin that I had,” stated Aitken of his efficiency.

“Truly having had a little bit of time to digest every little thing and transfer on, it was a reasonably strong weekend and tempo got here on a extremely good distance from Friday.

“There wasn’t lots of discover to prepare and type every little thing out and I’m pleased with how the weekend went as an entire.”

6 Jonathan Palmer

Formula Two European Championship Misano (ita) 24 07 1983

European F2 champion Palmer wasn’t a stand in as such, however he did make his F1 debut on a one-off foundation within the 1983 European Grand Prix at Manufacturers Hatch driving a 3rd Williams.

Come the race, he was one in every of solely two Williams drivers on the grid given common Jacques Laffite’s failure to qualify.

Palmer, whose outing was due to the work he’d achieved as Williams take a look at driver, certified twenty fifth and completed thirteenth on his sole look for the crew earlier than touchdown a primary full-time drive with the RAM crew for 1984.

5 Jean-Louis Schlesser

Italian Grand Prix Monza (ita) 9 11 9 1988

Maybe essentially the most notorious Williams stand-in of all of them, Schlesser was a sportscar ace getting ready to turning 40 when he made his F1 debut as a stand in for Nigel Mansell, who was affected by rooster pox, at Monza in 1988.

Schlesser, who had beforehand tried to qualify for the 1983 French GP driving a RAM and was typically used as a Williams take a look at driver – albeit not for a considerable period of time earlier than his sole race outing – earned his place in legend by way of the collision with chief Ayrton Senna whereas being lapped late within the race.

Senna, who was eager to waste no time given he’d ‘overspent’ on gasoline due to McLaren team-mate Alain Prost’s tempo earlier within the race, stumbled on Schlesser on the first chicane on the penultimate lap. Schlesser locked up and went deep, so Senna went previous however was clipped right into a spin by the Williams.

Schlesser did attempt to preserve out of the best way by clambering over the kerb with Senna not giving as large a berth as he ought to have achieved.

And whereas Schlesser made the end in eleventh, Senna spun and retired. That denied McLaren a clear sweep of 1988 race wins and handed Ferrari a 1-2.

4 Paul di Resta

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Hungarian Grand Prix Race Day Budapest, Hungary

Di Resta was given arguably the toughest-possible process when he was thrown in to fill in for the in poor health Felipe Massa to qualify and race within the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix. As in, with out taking part in any of the three free follow classes, or having pushed the automobile earlier than. He had pushed it solely nearly within the simulator, and never within the earlier 4 months.

Di Resta one way or the other outqualified Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, a efficiency Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff described as “unbelievable”, however given he had solely 11 laps beneath his belt previous to the race, unsurprisingly struggled within the grand prix itself.

He retired from the race late on due to overlapping the throttle and brake an excessive amount of. That was the inevitable results of struggling in a automobile that didn’t accommodate him nicely and carrying race boots that have been too small.

3 Martin Brundle

Belgian Grand Prix Spa Francorchamps (bel) 26 28 08 1988

Schlesser was truly Mansell’s second stand-in at Williams in 1988, as a result of the primary driver known as up was Martin Brundle. In 1988, he was dovetailing Williams take a look at duties with a profitable World Sportscar Championship season for TWR.

Brundle completed a lapped seventh within the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa driving a Judd-powered Williams and would have continued at Monza however for being made unavailable by TWR.

He was near a full-time race seat in 1993 and had been led to imagine he would get the drive by the crew earlier than it was given to Damon Hill.

2 Marc Gene

Formula 1 Grand Prix, France, Race

Throughout his 4 years as a Williams take a look at driver, Marc Gene had two stints as a stand-in for Ralf Schumacher.

The previous Minardi driver completed fifth at Monza in 2003, then drove in France and Britain the next 12 months, ending tenth and twelfth respectively.

The crew then determined to present the stand-in position to the top-ranked driver on this record…

1 Antonio Pizzonia

Formula 1 Grand Prix, China, Friday Practice

Having contested 11 races for Jaguar the season earlier than, Antonio Pizzonia joined Williams as its second take a look at driver in 2004. However after Gene’s underwhelming performances rather than the injured Ralf Schumacher, Pizzonia bought his likelihood.

He bagged a trio of seventh locations in his 4 outings and retired from third at Spa with a gearbox downside.

He had a second likelihood the next 12 months rather than the injured Nick Heidfeld having missed out on promotion to a full-time race seat.

Pizzonia claimed one other seventh place on his first outing, however failed to attain in his remaining three races and was launched on the finish of the 12 months.

Nonetheless, Pizzonia tops this record due to the prodigious velocity he confirmed flashes of throughout his stand-in outings, and the actual fact he ought to have picked up some higher outcomes.

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