Williams Racing is delighted to welcome Zak O’Sullivan as the newest member of our Driver Academy.
“I’m honoured to have been selected as a Williams Racing Academy Driver,” the teenager said upon his arrival into the team.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I can’t thank Jost, Sven and the whole team enough for their faith in me.
“Williams Racing is one of the most successful and respected teams in Formula One and have nurtured some of the greatest talents in the sport, I am really looking forward to getting started.”
Zak stops for a quick selfie in front of our Grove HQ
Our newest addition to the team has enjoyed plenty of success throughout his short career. Most recently Zak was crowned GB3 Champion after an extraordinary debut season in the category, earning seven wins and 14 podium finishes, topping the table a whole 164 points clear of his nearest challenger.
The youngest-ever BRDC SuperStars member has shot through the motorsport ranks, having only switched from karts to cars in 2019. His debut campaign in tin tops saw him finish as runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Championship as the highest placed rookie.
British F4 followed in 2020 where Zak was vice-champion finishing just four points short of the title after the 26-race campaign, which saw him stand on the top step nine times from 18 podium visits. He then stepped up to GB3 where he delivered a stunning campaign last year.
The team is pleased to confirm that for 2022, Zak will compete in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Carlin.
Sporting Director Sven Smeets is similarly delighted with the new addition to the team, saying: “We are all very pleased to welcome Zak to the Williams Racing Driver Academy. His incredibly successful GB3 Championship campaign speaks to his natural talent, and the team can attest to his capability, drive and professionalism having seen him drive
the simulator in Grove.
“We’re now looking forward to working alongside Zak to support his development and progression, a role that we’re proud to play in a talented young driver’s career.”
Taking in those new surroundings
In his role as Academy Driver, Zak will be completely integrated into the team at Grove and will play a key role in car development with his work in the simulator. Williams will also support his growth as a driver and develop the skills necessary to race at the top level.
The racer from Cheltenham turns 17 on Sunday and, underlining his potential, could have an extra special day having been shortlisted in the final four for the prestigious Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.
Stay tuned across our social media platforms and website for more from Zak and his plans for the 2022 season.