Jack Aitken is set to receive his first Formula 1 outing of the 2021 season in free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Aitken has been Williams’ reserve driver since 2020 and stepped in to replace Mercedes-bound George Russell at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Aitken, who previously held a test role with Renault, was set to drive the FW43B at some point in 2021 and that has now been confirmed for the season-ending round in Abu Dhabi.
The Briton has competed in Formula 2 and the GT World Challenge this year and it was in the latter series that he sustained injuries in a high-speed accident in Belgium in July.
He returned to competitive action in the series earlier this month.
Aitken is set to be the second Williams tester to sample the FW43B in practice after Roy Nissany’s trio of outings earlier in the season.
Williams has already confirmed that it will field a line-up of Nicholas Latifi and Alexander Albon for 2022.
The outfit, which also has two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick under its wing, last week recruited Formula 3 front-runner Logan Sargeant to its academy.