Williams brings Di Resta back to F1 with Reserve role

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor

Talented Scot Paul di Resta is back in Formula One after after a two year hiatus thanks to Williams Martini Racing, which just signed the 29 year old to replace his former team mate Adrian Sutil as official reserve driver for the Grove based squad.

The 2006 European Formula 3 champ and 2010 DTM champ competed in 58 Grand Prix’s for Force India between 2012 and 2013 before being replaced by McLaren refugee Sergio Perez. He then rejoined DTM, where he will continue to compete in 2016.

Di Resta is thrilled to get a foot back in the F1 door, “I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season. It will be a busy year combining both driving in DTM with Mercedes AMG, and attending the Formula One Grands Prix in my new reserve driver role. I will be giving my full support to both and look forward to the exciting possibilities the year has ahead. I would like to thank Claire and Williams for the opportunity to be part of the team.”

Much like Alexander Rossi competing in IndyCar, di Resta continues the trend of F1 teams signing reserve drivers competing in different series, a sure sign of their confidence in such signings and a good sign for the health of the sport.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and Motorsport.com. A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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