Williams Martini Racing has confirmed the signing of veteran grand prix racer Adrian Sutil as its reserve driver for the 2015 season.
Sutil made his F1 debut back in 2007 for Force India, and spent seven seasons with the team before moving to Sauber for 2014.
However, both the driver and the team struggled to find any kind of form, finishing without a single point from the full season.
Despite having a contract to race with Sauber in 2015, Sutil was dropped to make way for Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson at the team.
The German driver had been linked with a move into the FIA World Endurance Chanpionship, but has now been confirmed in a reserve role at Williams.
“Williams Martini Racing is pleased to announce Adrian Sutil as its official Reserve Driver for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season,” a statement from the team read.
“Adrian will spend time in the team’s race simulator to ensure he is fully accustomed to the Williams Mercedes FW37 controls and procedures, should he be required to step into the cockpit at any time during the current season.
“He has also spent time integrating himself into the team to ensure he is fully prepared to join Williams Martini Racing at any event, should the need arise.”
Sutil will work alongside team test driver Susie Wolff and development driver Alex Lynn in supporting full-time racers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in 2015, and will be hoping to draw on his experience of 128 Formula 1 grands prix.
“I’m very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team,” Sutil said. “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.”
Sutil’s appointment also removes the uncertainty about who would deputize for either Massa or Bottas should they be unable to race. Bottas was forced to miss the Australian Grand Prix due to a back injury that some feared would also rule him out of this weekend’s race in Malaysia. However, he has since been declared fit by the FIA.