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Williams appoints Sutil as its official reserve driver

  • Published on 26 Mar 2015 11:06
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
Williams Martini Racing is pleased to announce Adrian Sutil as its official Reserve Driver for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season. Adrian made his Formula One debut in 2007 with the Spyker F1 team before continuing to race with the team under their new guise of Force India from 2008 until 2011. He returned to the sport in 2013, again with Force India before contesting the 2014 season with Sauber.

Adrian will spend time in the team's race simulator to ensure he is fully accustomed to the Williams Mercedes FW37 controls and procedures should he be required to step into the cockpit at any time during the current season. He has also spent time integrating himself into the team to ensure he is fully prepared to join Williams Martini Racing at any event should the need arise.

Speaking about the appointment Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, said: "I'm delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season. 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."

Adrian Sutil said: "I'm very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team. 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."

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  • cuddycabin

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    Great news for Sutil but where is Susie? She was announced as their test driver, I have you assumed she would have been the next logical choice

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    • Mar 26 2015 - 14:00
    • Anurag

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      Susie Wolff is their test/development driver. She is unlikely to drive in a race especially with all the new requirements put in place by the FIA regarding the super-license..

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      • Mar 26 2015 - 16:24
  • khasmir

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    Susie Wolff is a test driver and Alex Lynn is a development driver, but seems Williams is not confident to have either one of them as a reserve driver.

    I wonder if this means Sutil has also reached an agreement with Sauber, as he was reported to have a valid contract for 2015 just like Guido van der Garde.
    There have been some reports that he is seeking compensation from Sauber but it's been quiet ever since.

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    • Mar 26 2015 - 17:54
    • As far as I have read on the internet Sutil will start his lawsuit against Sauber as soon as Giedo would have been finished succesfully...

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      • Mar 27 2015 - 03:20

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