Former Force India driver Paul di Resta has been confirmed as the official reserve driver at Williams this season.
Williams have confirmed that he will get simulator time to get used how their car works, but apart from a withdrawal from either of their two drivers, Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa, it is unlikely he will get any track time in the car.
“I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season,” he 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.”
Di Resta drove for Force India from 2009 as a test driver, and then from 2011 to 2013 as their race driver. In between and currently he is driving in the German DTM series for Mercedes, with whom he has had a long relationship.
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