Williams Martini Racing has announced that Adrian Sutil will be their official Reserve Driver for the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The German, a veteran of 128 Grand Prix for Spyker, Force India and Sauber, will be the official understudy to both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa this season.
Sutil, who was released by the Sauber F1 Team at the end of 2014 after failing to score a point, will spend time in the Williams team’s race simulator to prepare himself to race should either race driver be unable to participate in any event this season.
“I’m very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team,” revealed Sutil. “To work for Sir Frank Williams and his team means a lot to me.
“I would like to thank everyone at Williams for their belief in my qualities and the opportunity to work with such a successful and competitive outfit.”
The Founder and Team Principal of Williams, Sir Frank Williams, welcomed the German driver to the team, and believes Sutil would be a solid pair of hands should he be required to race this season in the FW37.
“I’m delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season,” said Williams. “Adrian brings extensive racing experience, having competed 128 Formula One races during his career.
“Having most recently raced during the 2014 season also gives him excellent knowledge of the current generation of race car and new Hybrid power units, which is invaluable for anyone needing to step into the cockpit in 2015.
“The fight for a top Constructors’ Championship position will be intense this season, therefore we have selected a driver with recent race experience and are confident that if the need arose, he would be a solid pair of hands to race the FW37 and assist our 2015 campaign.”