Su­til se­cures F1 life­line as Wil­liams re­serve driver

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Bot­tas’s Mel­bourne back in­jury un­der­lines team’s ur­gent need for ex­pe­ri­enced emer­gency backup

Adrian Su­til’s For­mula 1 ca­reer has re­ceived an un­ex­pected kiss of life from Wil­liams, who have made a late de­ci­sion to sign him as their re­serve driver for this sea­son.

The move came af­ter Wil­liams driver Valt­teri Bot­tas suf­fered a back in­jury dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the sea­son-open­ing Aus­tralian Grand Prix, which briey put his par­tic­i­pa­tion in Malaysia in doubt.

With Bot­tas ruled out of rac­ing in Mel­bourne, the team re­alised that they needed a re­serve driver should any­thing hap­pen to Bot­tas or Felipe Massa. Deputy team prin­ci­pal Claire Wil­liams and chief ex­ec­u­tive ofcer Mike O’Driscoll dis­cussed the op­tions when they were back at base fol­low­ing the Aus­tralian GP.

Test driver Susie Wolff was ruled out be­cause although she has done a solid job in testing, she does not have an F1 su­per­li­cence and it is more than two years since she last raced – and more than a decade since her last com­pet­i­tive out­ing in a sin­gle-seater.

Wil­liams wanted a quick deal, in the un­likely event that Bot­tas would not be t to race in Malaysia. That im­me­di­ately ruled out

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