The Williams team announced yesterday that it has signed former Force India driver Paul di Resta to the role of reserve driver for the coming season.
Di Resta, a former DTM champion, drove for Force India between 2011 and 2013. He takes the role occupied by Adrian Sutil last season and will conduct simulator sessions and spend “extensive time” with the team at races.
The role is purely as back-up to Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa and therefore will not include tests or any Friday practice sessions. The Scottish driver will combine his duties at Williams with another season in DTM, where he drives for Mercedes.
In a statement to the media yesterday, di Resta is clearly delighted to have joined the Williams team as a reserve driver and is looking forward to getting into the role and helping the team move forward as much as possible. He said the following:-
‘I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season. It will be a busy year combining both driving in DTM with Mercedes AMG, and attending the Formula One Grands Prix in my new reserve driver role. I will be giving my full support to both and look forward to the exciting possibilities the year has ahead. I would like to thank Claire and Williams for the opportunity to be part of the team.’
In her own statement to the media yesterday, Team principal Claire Williams said the following about di Resta joining the team as follows:-
‘We are delighted to welcome someone with Paul’s experience to the team. Having competed in 58 Formula One races throughout his career Paul’s racing knowledge will be invaluable. We are also confident that given his recent Formula One and current DTM experience Paul will be able to confidently step into the FW38 and assist with our 2016 campaign.’