Paffett agrees new deal with McLaren


McLaren has extended its contract with Gary Paffett for the 2012 season.

The Englishman will remain as a test, development & reserve driver for the Woking team after signing a deal that allows him to continue dovetailing his Formula 1 test duties with his racing career.

Paffett joined McLaren in 2005 and has played a key role in the development of the team's race and championship-winning cars.

"I'm extremely pleased to have renewed my relationship with McLaren," said Paffett. "As everybody knows, success in Formula 1 is developed through the strength and duration of relationships: I've been a part of this team for more than five years, and it's a place where I really feel happy and comfortable, and where I can confidently speak my mind.

"I'm proud that my contribution has enabled the team to remain a race- and championship-winning force in Formula 1, and I truly believe that we'll continue to grow and improve in the future."

"Gary has become a vital part of our technical support and development team," added Martin Whitmarsh, "both at the track and in the simulator. Both Gary and the team believes that this deal will underline his reputation as a strong development driver and a true team player."

Gary's manager, former grand prix racer Mark Blundell, said: "This is a great deal for Gary that really underlines the strength of his ongoing relationship with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Once again, Gary has shown he has the skills and capacity as a development driver to make a difference."

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Published: 05/07/2011
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