Paffett confirmed as simulator driver for Williams

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Ex-McLaren test driver Gary Paffett is staying in the Mercedes family and making a small return to Formula 1, with news on Tuesday he has been named simulator driver for Williams Martini Racing. He’ll assist the team’s vehicle science department.

The 34-year-old Brit is also a past DTM champion and has taken part in 72 official test days, logging nearly 5,000 laps and more than 22,000 km.

“I am really pleased to be joining the Williams team as the simulator driver to aid in the development of this year’s car. The team has such a great pedigree and history in Formula One. I look forward to supporting the team over this year in my new role,” Paffett said in a team release.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added, “We’re delighted to have someone with Gary’s experience join us at Williams. He is a highly professional racing driver and his level of testing knowledge, and ability to analyze data, will significantly help to drive forward development of the FW38 throughout the season.”