McLaren has extended its deal with Gary Paffett into 2012. The Brit will continue to combine his role as test, development and reserve driver with his Mercedes DTM drive.
Paffett has been involved with the team since 2005, usually sharing duties with Pedro de la Rosa – other than in 2010, when the Spaniard went to Sauber.
“I’ve been a part of this team for more than five years, and it’s a place where I really feel happy and comfortable, and where I can confidently speak my mind,” said Paffett. “I’m proud that my contribution has enabled the team to remain a race and championship-winning force in Formula 1, and I truly believe that we’ll continue to grow and improve in the future.”
Martin Whitmarsh added: “Gary has become a vital part of our technical support and development team – both at the track and in the simulator. Both Gary and the team believes that this deal will underline his reputation as a strong development driver and a true team player.”