Di Resta to remain as Williams reserve driver in 2017


Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Thursday 17 March 2016. Paul di Resta, Reserve Driver, Williams F1. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/McLaren ref: Digital Image _W2Q0719. Credit: Williams Martini Racing

Paul Di Resta will continue in his role as official reserve driver for the Williams Martini Racing F1 team in 2017.

The British driver made his debut in F1 as a test driver for the Sahara Force India F1 Team back in 2009, before winning the DTM title alongside his duties in 2010. The next year he was promoted to a full-time seat with the Silverstone based squad, where he remained for three seasons before losing his seat, despite some strong performances, and dropping out of F1 at the end of 2013.

Financially unable to secure a drive in the pinnacle of motorsport, Di Resta moved back to DTM, before taking up his role at Williams in 2016. The Brit will join the squad at race weekends throughout the year, so that he will be ready and able, should the need arise for him to step into the fray,

The 30-year-old was pleased to be staying on the books at Williams for another year, and hopefully helping the British team to achieve a strong performance this season.

“I am delighted to remain at Williams as Reserve Driver for the 2017 season.

“I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the controls and procedures of the FW40 and understanding the new regulations.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Claire and everyone at Williams for their continued support in being part of the team.”

Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams conveyed how happy the Grove based squad were to be able to once again tap into Di Resta’s vast experience, especially during a season of much change.

“It’s great for us to retain someone with Paul’s experience in the team. 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 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.”