Nasr has raced in GP2 for the past two seasons and finished fourth in last year’s championship with Carlin. The Brazilian driver will attend every grand prix as part of the Williams team, and will partake in five free practice sessions across the course of the year.
Following the announcement, Nasr said: “I’m really happy to be joining the Williams family. They have a great history in the sport and some of the greatest Brazilian drivers of all time have driven for the team, so it’s an honour to join names such as Piquet, Senna and Massa.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to make the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in Bahrain.”
“Felipe has a strong track record of success in his career so far and we have been watching him closely for a while,” team founder and principal Sir Frank Williams said. “We have a track record at Williams of bringing through new talent and giving them a chance to show what they can do on the world’s biggest stage. By driving in five FP1 sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect chance to showcase his skills and I’m confident he will be a strong addition to our driver roster.”
Nasr fills the vacancy left by Dani Juncadella, who had tested for Williams at the young driver test last season before moving to Force India in a reserve role for 2014. The Brazilian will work alongside Susie Wolff, who is expected to try and claim her superlicence in the coming year.
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