Paul di Resta is going to probably be on standby at McLaren with this weekend 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in Silverstone after getting a chair fitting for the group on Wednesday.
McLaren has an arrangement with Mercedes to discuss its own reservations – Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez – if routine drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. or Lando Norris be ruled from this race weekend.
However, with Vandoorne at Berlin for its Formula E season finale and Gutierrez ineligible to race, McLaren has verified that ex-Force India motorist di Resta are its nominated book for this particular weekend.
“As we’ve previously verified, we’ve got an agreement with Mercedes to utilize their book drivers if either Carlos or even Lando are not able to race,” an announcement by McLaren reads.
“With Stoffel Vandoorne inaccessible as a result of his Formula E obligations and Esteban Gutierrez now not qualified for a superlicence, Paul di Resta are our standby driver this weekend.
“Paul performed a chair match in the MTC this morning in accordance with the FIA COVID-19 protocols however won’t be connected with all the McLaren race group unless needed.
“Paul will keep his responsibilities with Sky Sports F1 this weekend as intended.”
Di Resta spent three seasons racing in F1 with Force India involving 2011 and 2013, but made a surprise appearance at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix for Williams later Felipe Massa came ill on Saturday morning.
The 34-year old hurried in DTM after dropping his fulltime F1 drive before proceeding to sports car racing, and is now a part of United Autosports’ LMP2 line-up from the FIA World Endurance Championship.
It appeared on Sunday which Gutierrez was ineligible to race in F1 after Racing Point had been made to call on Nico Hulkenberg to substitute Sergio Perez after his positive test for COVID-19.
Racing Point includes a similar arrangement in place with Mercedes, also has been contemplating Gutierrez for the driveway in parallel using Hulkenberg.
Mercedes team leader Toto Wolff supported on Sunday that Gutierrez must finish 300 kilometers of conducting so as to make his race permit since he hasn’t raced in F1 for the previous 3 seasons, beneath an upgraded rule for 2020.
Di Resta fulfils this criteria by virtue of the one-off look for Williams, where he retired in the race.