Williams development driver Roy Nissany is to join DAMS for the 2021 Formula 2 campaign, partnering Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong.
Nissany became something of a regular in the Formula 1 paddock in 2020, driving for Williams in practice sessions for the races in Spain, Italy and Bahrain, and also took part in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
Alongside his duties as a test driver, he also competed in the F2 season, driving for Trident and finishing the year down in P19 with five points.
At the end of it, he drove for DAMS in a post-season test, sparking rumours of a move, and it has now been confirmed.
“I’m thrilled to be part of such a highly respected team as DAMS,” said Nissany.
“They have an amazing history at this level and a strong reputation in Formula 2, so I’m excited to be joining.
“We have already put some strong work in during last year’s post-season test and I’m looking forward to getting the season under way in March.
“Hopefully, we’ll be fighting at the front of the field. I believe we have a very exciting journey ahead so I’m keen to start.”
Welcome to DAMS, Roy!
— DAMS (@damsracing) January 29, 2021
2020 was a largely disappointing campaign for DAMS as, after winning the Teams’ Championship in 2019, the outfit finished down in P8 with just one win, courtesy of Dan Ticktum.
With Nissany and Armstrong, a member of the Ferrari academy, forming a brand new line-up for 2021, they will be aiming to return to the top of the pecking order.
“We are very happy to welcome Roy to the team for 2021,” said co-team owners Gregory and Olivier Driot.
“We have already had the opportunity to work with him during the Bahrain post-season test, which went very well, and we were pleased with his feedback.
“He gelled with the whole team, especially the engineering staff, so it’s great to see the connection is already in place. Now it’s up to us to provide the best tools for him to fulfil his potential.
“We are really looking forward to starting this new campaign with Roy and helping him to deliver the strong results he deserves.”
Nissany will again balance his F2 season with testing duties for Williams, with the British team opting to keep him around as their reserve driver.