Paul di Resta will be Williams’ reserve driver in 2016, it has been confirmed.
The former Force India race driver will continue racing in the DTM championship as well as serving as Williams’ reserve driver at the races this year. He will be undertaking simulator sessions as well so he can get fully accustomed to the controls and procedures if he is needed to step in for either Felipe Massa or Valtteri Bottas.
“I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016,” di Resta said. “It will be a busy year combining both driving in DTM with Mercedes AMG, and attending the Formula One Grand 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 ahead has. I would like to thank Claire [Williams] and Williams for the opportunity to be part of the team.”
“We are delighted to welcome someone with Paul’s experience to the team,” deputy Team Principal Claire Williams said. “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.”
Di Resta’s former team-mate Adrian Sutil was the team’s reserve driver last year.