Gary Paffett has been announced as simulator driver for Williams Martini Racing for the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Paffett will assist the vehicle science department in developing the Williams Mercedes FW38, working closely with the team throughout the year to provide feedback to help the continued development of their 2016 car.
In 1999, Paffett won the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award with part of his prize being a F1 seat for McLaren, he clearly impressed the team as he continued to test for McLaren until the end of 2014 when the team switched to Honda engines. Paffett became DTM Champion in 2005 after winning a total of five races during 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.”
“We’re delighted to have someone with Gary’s experience join us at Williams,” added Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams. “He is a highly professional racing driver and his level of testing knowledge, and ability to analyse data, will significantly help to drive forward development of the FW38 throughout the season.”