Williams F1 team announced that former McLaren test driver Gary Paffett has been appointed as the team’s simulator driver for 2016.
Gary has joined the team for the 2016 season to assist the vehicle science department in developing the Williams Mercedes FW38 at the Williams factory in Grove. He will work closely with the team throughout the year to provide extensive feedback to help the continued development of this year’s car.
Gary’s previous experience includes being a McLaren test driver, the 1999 McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner and 2005 DTM champion. Between 2001 and 2013 Gary took part in 72 official Formula One test days, completing 4971 laps and clocking up 22,745 km in the process.
Commenting on the announcement Gary Paffett said: “I am really pleased to be joining the Williams team as the simulator driver to aid in the development of this year’s car. The team has such a great pedigree and history in Formula One. I look forward to supporting the team over this year in my new role.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added, “We’re delighted to have someone with Gary’s experience join us at Williams. He is a highly professional racing driver and his level of testing knowledge, and ability to analyse data, will significantly help to drive forward development of the FW38 throughout the season.”