F1: Williams hires Paffett for simulator job

BY Adam Cooper • February 2, 2016

Former McLaren test and reserve driver Gary Paffett has joined Williams in the role of simulator driver.

The 34-year-old Paffett worked for McLaren between 2001 and 2013, logging 72 official test days and more than 22,000 kilometers (13,670 miles) over that time. He has of course long been associated with Williams engine supplier Mercedes in DTM.

Claire Williams commented: “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.”

“I am really pleased to be joining the Williams team as the simulator driver to aid in the development of this year’s car,” said Paffett. “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.”

An opportunity had opened up because Susie Wolff had left Williams, as had Adrian Sutil, who had the reserve driver role in 2015. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll was announced as a development driver last year, while Alex Lynn is also expected to continue with the team.

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