Sutil appointed Williams official reserve driver
Williams has appointed Adrian Sutil to the role of official reserve driver.
In the two weeks leading up to the Malaysian Grand Prix the status of Valtteri Bottas was unclear following the back injury which ruled the Finn out of the opener in Melbourne. Though Williams has Susie Wolff and GP3 champion Alex Lynn signed up to test and development roles respectively, the team was keeping its driver options open in case it had to replace Bottas this weekend and Sutil's signing is likely with that situation in mind.
Sutil has been without a drive since being dropped by Sauber last year and said it was an honour to join one of F1's iconic outfits.
"I'm very proud to be a part of such a famous and great F1 team," the German driver said. "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."
Team owner Sir Frank Williams welcomed Sutil to the team and thinks his experience will prove invaluable.
"I'm delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season," he said. "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."