Former McLaren test driver Gary Paffett has joined Williams in the role of simulator driver.
Paffett worked for McLaren between 2001 and 2013, logging 72 official test days and more than 22,000kms over that time. He has of course long been associated with Williams enginer supplier Mercedes.
Claire Williams commented: “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.”
“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 Paffett. “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.”
2 responses to “Paffett lands simulator role with Williams”
Perfect example of a driver worthy of a F1 seat who never got a chance to race in F1. Performed brilliantly in the lower formulas with a limited budget, got noticed by Mercedes, but raced for them only in DTM. McLaren obviously rated him.
Good driver playing F1 on the Playstation for a living. Must be depressing.
Ban the simulators, it’s a hidden aspect of F1 that costs teams and fans don’t see. If they were a bit less prepared it might add to the racing excitement too, like when weather means practice sessions are missed and quali ends up delivering a few surprise results.