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Paffett eager to keep F1 test role with McLaren

Gary Paffett thinks it would be a great opportunity to stay with McLaren in 2010 and be part of the British super team, alongside F1 world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Gary Paffett has said that he wants to remain with McLaren-Mercedes in 2010 and continue to act as the official test and reserve driver.

Paffett has been with the Woking-based outfit since 2006, and has shared testing responsibilities with Pedro de la Rosa ever since. Furthermore while neither tested much this year due to changes to the rules which banned testing in-season, Paffett doesn't want the relationship to end.

Indeed he is eager to make it a trio of British drivers at the team in 2010 now that 2009 F1 World champion Jenson Button has been confirmed alongside Lewis Hamilton.

“Working with both Jenson [Button] and Lewis [Hamilton] in an entirely British team will be a great opportunity,” Paffett told his local newspaper, Kent News.

“The hype that will be around the British Grand Prix, being a completely British team, is something I want to experience.

“It's difficult to say how the pair will work with each other. They are different types of drivers and they have both won the world championship, but I think they are professionals and will be fine.”

Meanwhile Paffett, who has competed in the DTM with Mercedes since 2003 - winning the title in 2005 and finishing second this year, conceded that in terms of racing he is almost certain to remain in the German tin-top series.

“I am looking at my options, but to be honest another year in the DTM championship seems to be the most likely,” he continued.

“There are more F1 teams in the paddock now [with the arrival of Lotus F1 Racing, Virgin Racing/Manor, US F1 Team and Campos Meta 1], but it is just as difficult to get drives. Indeed with several manufacturers' leaving, there are still as many drivers looking to get deals.”

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Gary Paffett (GBR), McLaren MP4-23 Launch, Stuttgart, 7th January, 2008
Gary Paffett - McLaren-Mercedes
19.07.2006 Jerez, Spain, Gary Paffett (GBR), Test Driver, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-21
19.07.2006 Jerez, Spain,  Gary Paffett (GBR), Test Driver, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-21
15.07.2006 Magny Cours, France, Gary Paffett (GBR), Test driver Team McLaren Mercedes, Portrait - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, French Grand Prix, Saturday Practice

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