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Paul di Resta
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Born 16 April 1986
Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
Nationality United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Years Active 2011-2013
Team(s) Force India
First Grand Prix 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Wins 0
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Podiums 0
Career Points 121
Final Grand Prix 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Paul di Resta (born 16 April 1986 in Livingston, Scotland) is a British former DTM and Formula 3 Euroseries champion, who competed in Formula One from 2011 to 2013 for Force India.

BiographyEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

Di Resta started his career in karting, racing in various competitive series of karts from 1994 until 2002. In 2001 he won the British JICA Championship.

He stepped up to single-seaters at the end of 2002, when he competed in the British Formula Renault Winter Series. He raced in British Formula Renault full-time in 2003 with the Eurotek Motorsport team, finishing seventh in the standings with one race win. He switched to Manor Motorsport for 2004, finishing third in the championship standings with four wins. He also entered some races of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with the Manor team.

Di Resta switched to the Formula Three Euroseries with Manor Motorsport in 2005, finishing tenth in the standings. For 2006 he moved to the ASM Formule 3 team, winning the championship with five wins, beating team mate and future Formula One World Drivers Champion, Sebastian Vettel. Di Resta also won the 2006 BP Ultimate Masters at Circuit Park Zandvoort.

In 2007, di Resta switched from single-seaters to race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) touring car racing series, for Mercedes. In the championship he finished 5th. Di Resta was the highest driver in the standings to drive a non-2007 car. His performances earned him a 2008 Mercedes C Klasse for the 2008 season, in which he won two races and finishing second in the points, four points behind eventual champion Timo Scheider of Audi. In 2009, he finished third overall, behind Scheider and compatriot Gary Paffett. In 2010, he won three races in a row on the way to winning the championship.

Formula OneEdit

In 2009 di Resta tested for the McLaren Formula One team, and was in the frame for a drive with the Force India team due to the teams' shared engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz. However, Force India chose to retain Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, with Vitantonio Liuzzi as reserve driver.

2010Edit

In December 2009, with Fisichella having moved to Ferrari and Liuzzi being promoted to the race team, di Resta took part in a test with the team at the Jerez circuit alongside J. R. Hildebrand. At the Autosport International show in January 2010, he was said to have been close to securing a deal to become the team's test and reserve driver for the 2010 season. The deal was duly announced on 2 February. Di Resta made his Formula One race meeting début at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, where he took part in the first free practice session in place of Sutil. Following completion of the session, Di Resta was placed 11th. He then drove in the first practice sessions of all the following races up to the Monaco Grand Prix, where he did not take part. He resumed driving for the team at the European Grand Prix and a further 3 Grands Prix after that.

2011Edit

Di Resta joined Adrian Sutil in the Force India Formula One racing team for the 2011 season, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi. He scored his first championship point at his first race, the Australian Grand Prix, after both Saubers were disqualified. This was followed by another 10th place in Malaysia. Di Resta was running fifth in Canada until a collision with Nick Heidfeld left him with a damaged car and a drive-through penalty, and later crashed out of the race on lap 67. He qualified sixth at Silverstone but finished 15th after a long pitstop due to a tyre mix-up.

Di Resta's third points-scoring finish of the season came in Hungary, where he finished seventh in changeable conditions. In the Italian Grand Prix, di Resta finished 8th, and this was followed by a career-best sixth place finish in Singapore, ahead of team-mate Sutil, who finished eighth. Di Resta had a strong end to the season, finishing tenth in Korea, ninth in Abu Dhabi and eighth in Brazil.

2012Edit

On 16 December 2011, it was announced that di Resta was to be retained by Force India for the 2012 season, with Nico Hülkenberg taking the place of Sutil as his team mate.

He qualified 15th for the season opener in Australia and finished 10th in the race, passing Jean-Éric Vergne and Nico Rosberg on the final lap. He qualified 14th for the Malaysian Grand Prix, and finished seventh in the wet race. In Bahrain he qualified inside the top ten, having missed the second free practice session after several members of the team were caught up in a petrol bomb incident. Using a two-stop strategy he took sixth place in the race, which equalled his previous career-best result. At the European Grand Prix he was the only driver on the grid who performed a one-stop strategy and came 7th whilst his team mate, Nico Hülkenberg, finished in 5th position. At the Singapore Grand Prix, he qualified sixth and finished a career-best fourth, after the retirements of Maldonado and Hamilton. The final five races of the season resulted in only one further points score - 9th place in Abu Dhabi.

2013Edit

On 31 January 2013, Force India confirmed di Resta would race for the team for a third consecutive season in 2013. After qualifying outside the top ten in Australia, di Resta managed to battle through into the points, finishing just behind his teammate, Adrian Sutil in eighth place. Di Resta matched his career best result in Bahrain with a fourth place, being overtaken close to the end by Lotus' Romain Grosjean, depriving the Scot of a maiden podium. He followed that up with a seventh in Spain.

After six consecutive point finishes, di Resta struggled in the later part of the season as his team Force India struggled to cope with new Pirelli tyres and he recorded five consecutive retirements. On 12 December, it was announced that he would not be retained as a driver with Force India for the 2014 season.

Helmet designEdit

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2010 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 BHR AUS
TD
MAL
TD
CHN
TD
ESP
TD
MON TUR CAN EUR
TD
GBR
TD
GER HUN
TD
BEL ITA
TD
SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU  –  –
2011 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM04 Mercedes FO 108Y 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
10
CHN
11
TUR
Ret
ESP
12
MON
12
CAN
18
EUR
14
GBR
15
GER
13
HUN
7
BEL
11
ITA
8
SIN
6
JPN
12
KOR
10
IND
13
ABU
9
BRA
8
13th 27
2012 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
7
CHN
12
BHR
6
ESP
14
MON
7
CAN
11
EUR
7
GBR
Ret
GER
11
HUN
12
BEL
10
ITA
8
SIN
4
JPN
12
KOR
12
IND
12
ABU
9
USA
15
BRA
19
14th 46
2013 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM06 Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8 AUS
8
MAL
Ret
CHN
8
BHR
4
ESP
7
MON
9
CAN
7
GBR
9
GER
11
HUN
18
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
SIN
20
KOR
Ret
JPN
11
IND
8
ABU
6
USA
15
BRA
11
12th 48

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_di_Resta
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/paul-di-resta.aspx

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