Force India has nominated Gary Paffett as its reserve driver for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, because its regular incumbent Jules Bianchi is unavailable.
Bianchi is testing this week ahead of his campaign in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, so Force India has asked Paffett to help fill in if required.
"I'm happy to be available for Sahara Force India for this weekend," said Paffett, who is also reserve drive for McLaren. Of course, it's unlikely that I will be called up and hopefully it won't happen, but it's nice to know that the team thought of me. I'd also like to thank McLaren and Mercedes for making me available should the need arise."