Paul di Resta confirmed as Williams reserve driver

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Paul di Resta, a veteran of 58 Grand Prix starts over three seasons from 2011 to 2013 with Force India, will be back in the F1 paddock this year as he’s been named Williams Martini Racing reserve driver.

Di Resta will attend the races and get acquainted with the Williams Mercedes FW38, and is also set for some simulator sessions. There weren’t any FP1 outings noted in the team’s release.

“I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season,” di Resta said. “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.”

Williams, deputy team principal, added, “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.”