Williams Martini Racing has announced that Adrian Sutil will be their reserve driver for the 2015 season.
Sutil returned to Formula One in 2013 following a year away and has raced for Force India (previously Spyker) and Sauber since his debut in 2007. He will spend time in the team’s simulator to ensure he is fully accustomed to the FW37’s controls and procedures if he is required to step into the cockpit. The announcement comes following Valtteri Bottas’ withdrawal from the Australian Grand Prix. While it was too late to bring in a replacement then, the team’s Technical Director Pat Symonds confirmed that Susie Wolff was the team’s test driver and not their reserve driver.
“I’m very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team,” Sutil said of the announcement. “To work for Sir Frank Williams and his team means a lot to me. I would like to thank everyone at WIlliams for their belief in my qualities and the opportunity to work with such a successful and competitive outfit.”
“I’m delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season,” Team Principal Sir Frank Williams said. “Adrian brings extensive racing experience, having competed in 128 Formula One races during his career. Having most recently raced during the 2014 season also gives him excellent knowledge of the current generation of race car and new Hybrid power units. The fight for a top Constructors’s Championship position will be intense this season, therefore we have selected a driver with recent race experience and are confident that if the need arose, he would be a solid pair of hands to race the FW37 and assist our 2015 campaign.”
Bottas has been cleared to race this weekend but has been informed that if the problem reappears he is to stop.