Paul Di Resta named reserve driver for McLaren as standby

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Former Force India driver turned F1 pundit Paul Di Resta is ready to put on his boots once again if presented an opportunity at this weekend’s 70th Anniversary GP as McLaren have offered him as a standby if they are in need of a reserve driver.

Teams have decided to put reserve drivers options plans in place , if a driver gets tested positive for Covid-19 would rule out the driver for the event. After Sergio Perez was tested positive for Covid-19 last week , Nico Hulkenberg replacing him for the British GP.

The British based team have made an arrangement with Mercedes, who will return as their engine suppliers for the coming year and also to use their reserve drivers- Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez , if Ricciardo or Norris be unable to race in future.

However, Vandoorne is unavailable due to his Formula E commitments with Mercedes and Gutierrez is currently not eligible for a superlicence, leaving McLaren to line up Di Resta as their standby driver this weekend.

McLaren said Di Resta carried out a seat fit at the McLaren Technology Centre Wednesday morning in readiness. With Covid-19 protocols in place, McLaren added he will not be in close contact with the McLaren race team unless needed.

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Meanwhile, he will continue his duties with Sky Sports F1 this weekend.Di Resta last drove a Formula 1 car back in the summer of 2017 when, as Williams’ reserve, he stood in for an unwell Felipe Massa in Hungary.

The 34-year-old completed the last of his three full F1 seasons in 2013, nearly six-and-a-half years ago. Over 59 F1 starts, he has a best finish of fourth, which he achieved twice.