Williams signs Sutil as reserve driver
26 March 2015 – Williams has announced Adrian Sutil as its official reserve driver for the 2015 campaign.
The German, who lost his Sauber race seat at the end of last season, will stand in for regular drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas – the latter recently hit by a back injury – should the need arise.
He joins test driver Susie Wolff and development driver Alex Lynn in the Williams line-up.
"I'm very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team," said Sutil, who will spend time in the team's simulator to get accustomed to the Mercedes-powered FW37.
"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."
Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, added of the arrangement: "I'm delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season.
"Adrian brings extensive racing experience, having competed 128 F1 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."