Force India sign Paul di Resta as reserve driver 02 Feb 2010
Force India confirmed on Tuesday that DTM star Paul di Resta will be the team's test and reserve driver for the 2010 season. The news was announced at a press conference held at the Glasgow headquarters of Force Indias principal sponsors, Whyte & Mackay, in Di Restas native Scotland.
I am ecstatic to finally get the chance to move into F1 at last, said the 23 year-old. I'm pleased I can start my F1 career with Force India, a team that has a lot of potential. I see this move as taking me one step closer to achieving my dream of racing in F1 but I know I have a lot to learn in terms of the car and the tracks right now.
I think this programme is a perfect way to prepare fully and be ready to go if and when the chance of a race seat comes. I hope this will be the start of a long-term future with Force India. With the support of all of the team, including Whyte & Mackay, I'm sure we will grow together.'
The West Lothian-born driver impressed Force India after testing for them over three days at the Spanish circuit of Jerez late last year, alongside Indy Lights champion JR Hildebrand. He will attend all 19 races on the 2010 calendar and is expected to participate in a number of Friday practice sessions to get properly acquainted with the VJM03.
I would like to thank both Paul and JR Hildebrand for their commitment in the test in Jerez, said Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal of Force India. Both worked very hard and were impressive in the test. We are very proud to have someone of Paul's calibre joining the team as his potential was clear in the test and he has the right attitude for making it in F1.
The programme we have put together will allow him to get to grips with the car, the team and the environment and various pressures associated with F1 and we look forward to this becoming a very fruitful partnership.
Di Resta, who finished third overall with one win in the 2009 DTM championship, plans to combine his Formula One role with a 2010 drive in the German touring car series. He previously won the 2006 Formula Three Euroseries against a field that included current F1 driver Sebastian Vettel and was awarded the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award in 2004.