Motor racing-Di Resta on standby as McLaren F1 reserve

SILVERSTONE — Former F1 driver Paul di Resta will be on standby this weekend as McLaren’s reserve for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone after having a seat fitting on Wednesday, the British team said.

Under COVID-19 protocols, the 34-year-old Scot will not be in close contact with the race team unless needed as a replacement for Lando Norris or Carlos Sainz in the season’s fifth round.

He will otherwise continue his analyst duties with Sky Sports television.

McLaren have an agreement with Mercedes to share the reigning champions’ reserves but Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who previously raced for the Woking-based team, is competing in the all-electric Formula E series in Berlin.

Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, the other back-up who last competed in Formula One in 2016, currently lacks a valid super-license.

Gutierrez would have been in line to replace compatriot Sergio Perez at Racing Point after the Mexican tested positive for the new coronavirus but Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg, who raced for Renault last season, stepped in instead.

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