New Williams junior Ollie Gray confident of his Formula 1 title ambitions
Young British rider Ollie Gray is the latest youngster to be recruited by Williams’ Academy, and he is aiming for the top.
After enjoying a successful stint in karting, winning multiple X30 Junior Motorsport UK and British Kart Championship titles, Gray continued to impress as he moved to British Formula 4, taking two race wins and two poles in what was his campaign of rookie in 2021. .
Now, with Williams’ backing, Gray will return to the British F4 Championship for 2022, leaving Fortec Motorsport to join Carlin.
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“Today is a special day in my career because I can officially say that I am part of Williams,” Gray told the Williams website.
“Williams is a team with so much history and success in Formula 1 and I hope one day I can add to that.
“As I start working with the team, my immediate goals are to develop as a driver on and off the track, as well as focus on my 2022 season; I can’t wait to get started.
“There are a lot of people who have played a part in my motorsport career so far and I want to thank everyone, especially Sven [Smeets, Williams sporting director]jost [Capito, Williams CEO and team principal] and the Williams Racing team for their confidence in me.
Smeets added: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Oliver to the Williams Racing Driver Academy.
“He has shown great talent during his karting career and the team has been impressed with his first year in single-seaters.
“We all look forward to working with Oliver to best support his progression up the junior motorsport ladder, and I am confident he will be a great asset to our team.”
Gray certainly isn’t lacking in confidence in his abilities, stating that he fully believes he can become Formula 1 future world champion.
Speaking in a Williams social media videohe said: “It’s probably, obviously, the biggest step forward in my career so far.
“And I’m looking forward to progressing in F3, F2 and F1, and also to become world champion one day, I’m confident.”