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Di Resta on standby for McLaren

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05/08/2020

Former Force India driver, Paul di Resta is on standby for McLaren at Silverstone this weekend.

The Scot will be called upon should either Carlos Sainz or Lando Norris be unable to drive.

Like Racing Point, McLaren is able to call upon the services of Mercedes reserves, Stoffel Vandoorne should the need arise, however, while the Belgian is tied-up with his Formula E activities at present, the Mexican is not eligible for a superlicence following a change to the rules which stipulate that a driver requires 300km of running before participating in a Grand Prix weekend, the Mexican having last raced in 2016.

Di Resta spent three seasons with Force India, and alongside his Sports Car activities he is a pundit with Sky Sports F1.

He last raced in F1 in 2017 (pictured) when he deputised for an unwell Felipe Massa at Williams over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Though he has had a seat fitting at Woking today he will not be in close contact with the team unless called upon due to the strict CODID-19 protocols.

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1. Posted by Editor, 06/08/2020 13:42

"@ TSGoodchild

You may very well think that, but we couldn't possibly comment.

Perhaps Haas could similarly find a seat for 'Crofty'"

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2. Posted by TSGoodchild, 06/08/2020 13:28

"This is such a non-story. If this means Di Resta won't be included in the Sky Sports punditry line up this weekend, that is good news. "

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3. Posted by mickl, 05/08/2020 22:18

"Why is this news? Are the Mclaren drivers in trouble or ill?"

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4. Posted by F1nerd, 05/08/2020 20:54

"
USA1
Esteban Gutierrez is the other test driver for Mercedes."

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5. Posted by USA1, 05/08/2020 20:36

"What Mexican you referring to?"

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