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Paul di Resta acts in the formula 1 season 2021 as a reserve pilot of McLaren, which has Team boss Andreas Seidl confirmed. If the Mercedes replacement drivers of Stoffel Vandoornne and Nyck de Vries are prevented due to their formula E-activities, the Scot would come to the train.
"Our main focus is on this agreement we have with Mercedes," emphasizes McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl. However, Vandoorne and De Vries are not always tangible. Since the British team cares for a good relationship with the Resta, one has concluded an agreement with the former Formula 1 driver.
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The Scot is in possession of a super license, so he could take on the McLaren of Lando Norris or Daniel Ricciardo at any time. "We have an agreement with him that he jumps up when the needs exist. So we are prepared for different scenarios."
The role of the replacement drivers was becoming more and more important over the past year, as drivers fell more often through Corona infections. McLaren had therefore already completed an agreement with engines partner Mercedes in the 2020 season, according to which Vandoorne and De Vries can be borrowed.
In addition, the team with Di Resta closed an additional agreement on the edge of the Silverstone weekend. The Scot drove a total of four seasons in Formula 1, from 2010 to 2013 at Force India. In Hungary 2017 he jumped as a substitute at the last minute for Felipe Massa at Williams.
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Whether he comes to another race use depends on whether and which pilot is available at Mercedes. In Imola, Vandounne meets the substitute driver role, although he is not on site at the track. "Of course that's something we have to do with Mercedes," says Seidl.
"That depends on who actually in use on the respective weekend for Mercedes." At Mercedes customer Aston Martin, you have also secured the services of a third driver: Nico Hülkenberg will contact as a reserve pilot if necessary.
The German has this role also with Mercedes, and would as well as. Was the German for McLaren an option? "In the end we are again dependent on Mercedes. We just have to pursue Wen Mercedes for the different weekends. But our main focus is clearly on Stoffel and Nyck."
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