Williams F1 Racing have appointed former Force India driver Paul de Resta as their official reserve driver for the 2016 Formula One season, which will get underway in Melbourne, Australia this weekend.
The 26-year-old British driver will return to Formula One racing after two years of absence from the sports. He will join Williams F1 Racing Team and takes on the role of drivers Valtteri Boittas and Felipe Massa.
“I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season,” de Resta told williamsf1.com, via the Guardian.
“We are delighted to welcome someone with Paul’s experience to the team. Having competed in 58 Formula One races throughout his career Paul’s racing knowledge will be invaluable,” Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said, via the Autosport.
Paul de Resta, who drove for Formula One from 2010 to 2013, is a former DTM and Formula 3 Euroseries champion. In 2011, de Resta joined fellow driver Adrian Sutil in the Force India Formula One Racing Team, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi.
At Force India Racing Team, he scored his first championship point in his first race, the Australian Grand Prix. This was followed by another 11th place in China, 10th place in Malaysia and a retirement in Turkey, where de Resta left the track with a loose wheel.
In 2014, he returned to Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series driving for Mercedes F1 Racing Team, where he finished the season in 15th place and having scored points only three times, with all three being 4th places.
De Resta has made a good season at Force India (2011 to 2013), amassing 121 world championship points from 58 starts.
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