Di Resta becomes the third Briton to drive onto the 2011 Formula One grid

Posted on January 26, 2011

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Scot Paul Di Resta has been confirmed as Force India’s second race driver, sitting alongside Adrian Sutil with Nico Hulkenberg in the reserve seat.

Briton Paul Di Resta (L) is stepping up to a Force India race seat alongside Adrian Sutil (R). Credit: Force India F1

The 2010 DTM champion is stepping up from the reserve seat after being a regular Friday driver for the Silverstone-based squad.

He becomes the third British driver on the grid, lining up against Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Di Resta said today: “Becoming an F1 driver has been a long-held ambition of mine, something I’ve wanted to do since I first stepped into a kart, and to finally realise it feels amazing.

“I’ve worked really hard for this opportunity throughout my career and to get it with Force India, a young team that’s got ambitions as big as mine, is genuinely exciting.

“I can’t wait to be on the grid in Bahrain, it can’t come soon enough!”

This is a good day for British motorsport. Di Resta showed a lot on Fridays during 2010 and hopefully he can put up a good showing on the big stage this year.

The announcement has been coming for a long time and it confirms there is no spot for Tonio Liuzzi. I suppose it’s possible he could end up as Hispania’s second driver but he was erratic and it’s tough to see him being picked up.

Certainly with the Force India announcement out of the way, we have the Bahrain grid pretty well locked down. There have been no changes at the front and few through the midfield either.

Testing starts in the first week of February and the covers will start coming off the cars in the next few days. Excited yet?

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