Former McLaren test driver Gary Paffett has been appointed by Williams as their ‘Simulator Driver’ for 2016.
As a long-term McLaren test driver though the Mercedes generation from 2001 to 2013, Paffett gained an immense amount of experience despite never taking part in a Grand Prix, making him one of the most valuable test drivers available.
In his professional career, he has long held a relationship though Mercedes in the German DTM series. With McLaren losing the works Mercedes engine supply, he went back to concentrate on his touring car career.
Work in the simulator has become ever more crucial over the last few years given the large reduction in on-track testing.
Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams said, “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 analyse data, will significantly help to drive forward development of the FW38 throughout the season.”
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