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Williams announce step into F3 for junior driver

A member of the Williams Driver Academy will make his debut in the FIA Formula 3 championship in 2023.

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Ollie Gray will step up onto the Formula 1 support package in 2023 after the Williams Driver Academy member secured a FIA Formula 3.

Briton Gray spent 2022 racing in the British Formula 4 championship with the Carlin team, and was runner-up in the standings with two wins and two pole positions, as well as a haul of 16 podium finishes.

He is set to step up to FIA F3 with Carlin - who are also looking to run American Hunter Yeany, with a third seat yet to be filled.

"It's going to be a big challenge but I'm really looking forward to it and to work with the team who I get along with really well," said Gray.

"I'm really excited to be stepping up to F3 with Carlin and to be continuing my partnership with Williams Racing as an Academy driver. I look forward to some good results in 2023."

Williams sporting director Sven Smeets added that the decision was the "natural progression" for Gray.

"After a very strong season in British Formula 4, we felt it was only right for Ollie to make the natural progression to Formula 3 with Carlin," he explained.

"Throughout his first year as part of our Driver Academy, Ollie’s shown his talents on the track with numerous wins and podiums and while at Grove where he’s worked with the team.

"We look forward to supporting his development in 2023 and seeing what he can achieve in F3."


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