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22 Questions with Williams Racing Academy Driver Ollie Gray

Published on
20 Apr 2022
Est. reading time
3 Min

Getting to know our resident British F4 driver

We wanted to get to know Ollie Gray just that little bit better, so we put him on the spot.
We gave our British F4 driver 22 questions to answer ahead of his 2022 season opener at Donington Park this weekend, which the teenager took in his stride.
Here’s what he had to say…

If you weren’t a racing driver, what do you think you’d be?

I’ve always been interested in Sports Management and, if I was good enough, I’d like to have been a professional golfer.

Which circuit are you most looking forward to driving at this year?

Definitely the Silverstone Grand Prix track! Last year I only raced on the national layout, so I’m really looking forward to racing on the GP this year.

If you could only choose one song to listen to before a race, what would it be?

Oooh! I’m not sure to be honest, but probably a Drake song.

Who is the athlete you admire the most?

I’d have to say Muhammad Ali, with the way he inspired people, his whole persona and how he did it was amazing.

What’s been the favourite moment of your career to date?

Winning the British Karting Championship in 2019, it was the best feeling.

Do you have a personal objective for 2022?

Well my main objective for 2022 is to win the British F4 series. Other than that, just to keep bettering myself every time.
Ollie will begin his British F4 season with Carlin this weekend

Your favourite cheat meal?

It’s got to be Nandos.

What’s your go-to coffee order?

Just a regular latte.

What’s the inspiration behind your racing number?

So, my racing number is 63 because it’s the first number I was given when I started out in karting and I just liked it and have stuck with it ever since.

What was one new thing you did during the offseason?

I did water skiing for the first time and it was a lot harder than it looks!

Favourite holiday destination?

Skiing in the Alps in France probably. I just love skiing!

Is there one circuit not on your race calendar that you’d love to race at?

It’s got to be Monaco and I’m looking forward to driving there in the future.

Which is your favourite sports team outside of F1 or motorsport?

Chelsea FC.

What’s a better feeling, nailing a quali lap or executing a late overtake?

My favourite is the quali lap; just coming over the line knowing you’ve nailed it is the best feeling.

Least favourite exercise your trainer has made you do?

Probably split squats on leg day - the amount of burn you get when you do it is immense!
Ollie is put through his paces at our Driver Academy pre-season camp

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party - dead or alive - who would you pick?

I’d like to invite Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to the same table to see what that was like! I’d also probably invite Muhammad Ali.

Favourite film?

We’re The Millers.

Favourite car?

Mercedes G-Wagon.

Favourite sport that’s not F1?

Golf.

Who’s the toughest rival you’ve come against so far?

It’s probably someone named Ollie Bearman; he’s currently racing at FIA F3, so I’m looking forward to catching him up soon.

In a word, how are you feeling about the 2022 season ahead?

Confident.

What’s the one word that best describes Williams?

Historic.
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