Paul di Resta retains Williams reserve driver role

Paul di Resta seen on hand at the 2016 Chinese GP. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)
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Mercedes DTM racer Paul di Resta has retained his reserve driver role at Williams for 2017, and will thus be a back-up for Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

The former Force India driver took over the job last year from former team mate Adrian Sutil, although he has not actually driven a Williams on track yet, and has instead focused learning the car via time spent in the simulator. He also works for the UK’s Sky TV on race weekends.

“It’s great for us to retain someone with Paul’s experience in the team,” said Claire Williams. “His extensive Formula One knowledge will once again be invaluable, especially with new regulations in place for the 2017 season. Paul has been a great Paul has been a great asset to the team over the past year and it is great that we will be able to continue working with him again in 2017.”