Roy Nissany Interview
I chatted with him about F2, his time with Williams so far and what music he sings to in the shower.
Roy Nissany had a season of character building last year in Formula 2, enduring a lot of tough races. But this hasn't deterred the Israeli driver and from talking to him, he seems more focused than ever before. He also got the chance to drive last year's Williams Formula 1 car and was also the first one to take their 2021 car out onto the track in F1 2021 testing recently. The combination of these leaves Nissany in a solid position, where he's confident about what he can do and what he needs to improve on.
We chatted recently about racing and also about a few things that will help you get to know him a little better outside of the car. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
From racing in an Aston Martin and competing against Damon Hill and Jenson Button, the Team BRIT driver's doing it all.
What first made you want to get into motorsport?
What made me want to get into motorsport I think was a passion for cars and driving from a very young age. I’m talking like two years old, recognising car brands and driving my little plastic toy cars, even making a track on my balcony made out of shoes and pushing my toy cars around it.
What’s your ambition for this year of racing in Formula 2?
My ambition for this year is to just go race by race, gathering more and more points and, above all, realising all of my potential because this is what I was lacking last year. After doing that well, I'll see where we are in the results and I trust I will be up there.
You got to have a go in the Williams F1 car last season, how did it feel driving the car?
Driving the Williams F1 last year was just magical. I loved every second of the FP1 sessions, and the post-season test. It’s amazing to have another year like this with the experience I’ve gathered already and to have the opportunity to continue developing myself and the car with the team. It’s a great honour.
Which racetrack in the world is your favourite and why?
My favourite track is Monza. It’s quite cheesy I know, but it’s probably because my first single-seater victory was there and there’s just something special in the air. I can’t describe it.
Would you ever be interested in racing in a different kind of motorsport, e.g. rallying?
I wouldn’t be interested to try racing professionally in a different discipline, but I am keen to try rallying or rallycross at some point.
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Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or a horse sized duck?
I’d rather fight a horse-sized duck. Sounds funnier I’d say, and I can probably knock him out faster.
Do you have a dream car?
Ford GT40. I think when I was four years old I got a model of it and I just fell in love with it, I played with it all day. Then I started looking up pictures of it and loved it even more. When the new one came out a few years ago, my heart just melted. I think I love it because of how rare it is. It’s not a fancy brand but you can feel the quality. It’s powerful, it’s so low, it has those beautiful exhausts. Some things are just magical.
If you hadn't become a racing driver, what do you think you would have done instead?
If I wasn’t a racing driver, I’d probably be some kind of motorsport manager, maybe a lawyer or a jet pilot.
Finally, what are the last three songs you listened to?
There is a band called ‘Cigarettes after sex’ which calms me down very well, so every shower my waterproof speaker is on full volume and I’m just shout-singing!
I chatted with the 2021 W-Series and SMP Racing Junior driver recently about her busy year ahead, F3 Asia, how she got into racing and much more.
It's not always a guarantee to be capable to come back after the winter break with a strong mindset, especially after a difficult season. But Nissany seems to have just done that and is ready to take on the challenges that 2021 will throw at him. Plus, 'Cigarettes after sex' probably helps with his calm mindset too! Special thanks to Roy for taking the time to chat and I wish him the best of luck for the 2021 season.
Formula 2 returns on the 26th March 2021.
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