Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Paffett signs for Williams
The Brit, who spent over as decade as McLaren test driver, leaving just before the team made the switch to Honda engines, comes in after the departures of Susie Wolff and Adrian Sutil. Alex Lynn and newly-signed development driver Lance Stroll will continue alongside Paffett as part of Williams' test team.
"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 the 2005 DTM champion. "The team has such a great pedigree and history in Formula 1. I look forward to supporting the team over this year in my new role."
As well as previously being a McLaren test driver, Paffett was also linked with a race seat at the aborted Prodrive F1 project. He was also linked with a Honda reserve role in 2006 before ultimately remaining with McLaren.
In 2012 he served as Force India's reserve driver at the Australian Grand Prix as regular reserve, the late Jules Bianchi, was testing ahead of his Formula Renault 3.5 campaign on the same weekend.