Williams include two new associates to their Academy
In advance of the 2024 Components A single time, Williams have declared Alessandro Giusti and Sara Matsui as the two latest associates of their Components one junior crew.
Giusti , a seventeen-12 months-previous Frenchman, joins the Academy next an extraordinary debut time in the Components Regional European Championship, ending sixth in the driver standings, securing a few wins and 4 podiums in 2023.
The younger Frenchman commenced his journey in karting, locating good results in several countrywide and worldwide karting championships. He created his solitary-seater debut in the 2021 French Components four Championship, profitable two races and using 6 podium finishes. His sophomore 12 months in French F4 observed him topped Winner, scoring twelve podiums, 6 pole positions and two victories in 2022, ahead of transferring on to FRECA in 2023.
Williams verified that Giusti will contend in the Components Regional European Championship with Artwork Grand Prix in 2024.
“I’m so fired up to be becoming a member of the Williams Racing Driver Academy. It seriously feels unique to be becoming a member of this sort of a prestigious Components one crew. I simply cannot wait around to start out this journey and get the job done intently with the crew on my progress,” additional Guisti.
A unforgettable to start with take a look at to Grove for Alessandro and Sara! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Lbeytczxn7
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) January eighteen, 2024
Sara Matsui is a thirteen-12 months-previous karting star from Japan who joins the Driver Academy as a 2022 Women on Keep track of Increasing Stars Finalist. She has competed in various countrywide karting collection, which includes the 2021 JAF Kart Championship FR-Jr Cadets and the 2022 JAF Kart Championship FP-Jr, equally of which she completed 3rd over-all.
Matsui has ongoing to boost her expertise in the course of 2023, attending the HONDA Racing College and competing in collection this sort of as the JAF Area Kart Championship FS-one hundred twenty five/X30 Division and the GPR Karting Junior course in which she scored two podiums. Sara also amazed in the 2023 Okay-N Junior Champions of the Foreseeable future Academy System, ending eighth over-all out of 24 world-wide competition.
In 2024, Matsui will push in the OKJ course with Kart Republic as nicely as contend in the 2024 Champions of the Foreseeable future Academy supported by F1 Academy.
Sara Matsui: “It is an honour to be portion of the Williams Racing Driver Academy and I am grateful for the possibility to be doing the job with this sort of an historic crew. I am hunting ahead to creating my encounter in Europe and I are not able to wait around for the time to start out!”
Talking of the two new younger abilities, Sven Smeets, Sporting Director, Williams Racing commented: “We’re delighted to announce Alessandro and Sara as the latest associates of the Williams Racing Driver Academy.
“Alessandro has shown fantastic skill guiding the wheel in equally French F4 and final 12 months in FRECA, with extraordinary performances in qualifying and races. Sara is 1 of the increasing stars in karting, offering promising effects in her dwelling place of Japan and staying a 2022 Women on Keep track of Increasing Stars Finalist. We seem ahead to supporting their progress as they go racing in 2024 and over and above.”
At present, the Williams Driver Academy functions 8 motorists: Jamie Chadwick, Zak O’Sullivan, Franco Colapinto, Luke Browning, Oleksandr Bondarev, Lia Block, Alessandro Giusti and Sara Matsui.