Paffett called up as Force India reserve

Mar.15 (GMM) Gary Paffett is next in line for a Force India race seat this weekend in Australia.

Paffett to replace Bianchi as reserve driver for Force India this weekend
Paffett to replace Bianchi as reserve driver for Force India this weekend

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The Silverstone based team's new regular Friday and reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, is unavailable this week as he tests ahead of the Renault World Series.

Force India has therefore asked McLaren, its technical partner, for help.

With Pedro de la Rosa now at HRT, Briton Paffett is the famous British team's new official reserve driver.

He has already been in action this weekend, demonstrating McLaren's 2011 car to the crowds at Albert Park on Thursday.

I'm happy to be available for Force India for this weekend

Gary Paffett

And Paffett, 30, will step into Force India's car during the race weekend, should bad fortune befall the team's regular drivers Nico Hulkenberg or Paul di Resta.

"I'm happy to be available for Force India for this weekend," said the DTM driver.

He will not participate in Friday morning practice.

"Of course, it's unlikely that I will be called up and hopefully it won't happen, but it's nice to know that the team thought of me," said Paffett.

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Gary Paffett , Paul di Resta , Nico Hulkenberg , Jules Bianchi
Teams McLaren , Force India
Tags bianchi, di resta, force india, hulkenberg, mclaren, paffett