F1 Williams team retains Di Resta as reserve driver for 2017

 20 Feb 2017 - 14:29

F1 Williams team retains Di Resta as reserve driver for 2017

AP

LONDON: British driver Paul Di Resta has been retained as reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team this season.

Di Resta raced in F1 for Force India from 2011-13, scoring 121 points with a best finish of fourth, but was not retained in 2014.

After two years away from F1, the 30-year-old Scotsman returned last year as reserve driver for Williams.

The new season starts at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 26, where Di Resta will be back up to Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa and 18-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll.

Massa retired from F1 after last year's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but returned when Valtteri Bottas left Williams to join Mercedes after world champion Nico Rosberg's surprise decision to quit.