Paul di Resta

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Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
Date of birth 16 April 1986 (1986-04-16) (age 28)
Formula One World Championship career
2011 team Force India-Mercedes
2011 car # 15
Races 11
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2012 British Grand Prix

Paul di Resta (born April 16, 1986 in Livingston West Lothian) is a Scottish auto racing driver. He is the current DTM champion. He make his Formula One debut in the 2011 Australian Grand Prix with the Force India, finishing in the points with a 10th place finish.

Career[change | change source]

Karting[change | change source]

Di Resta started his career in karting. He raced in several series of karts from 1994 until 2002. In 2001 he won the British JICA Championship.

Formula Renault[change | change source]

Di Resta moved up to single-seaters at the end of 2002. he competed in the British Formula Renault Winter Series. He raced full-time in 2003 with the Eurotek Motorsport team. Di Resta finished seventh in the standings with one race win. He switched to Manor Motorsport for 2004, and finished third in the championship with four wins. Di Resta also entered some races of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with the Manor team. He also won the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of The Year Award in 2004. The award had been won by his cousin Dario Franchitti in 1992.

Formula Three[change | change source]

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

DTM[change | change source]

Di Resta in the 2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season.

In 2007, di Resta switched from single-seaters to race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) touring car racing series for Mercedes. He finished fifth in the championship. Di Resta was the highest driver in the standings to drive a non-2007 car. His performance earned him a 2008 Mercedes C-Class for the 2008 season. Di Resta finished second in the 2008 championship, winning two races. In 2009, he finished third overall. In 2010, he won three races in a row on the way to winning the DTM championship.

Formula One[change | change source]

Di Resta during pre-season testing at Jerez in February 2011.

Di Resta has tested for the McLaren Formula One team in 2009. In December 2009, di Resta took part in a test with the Force India at the Jerez circuit.[1] On February 2, Force India announced they signed di Resta at their reserve driver.[2]

Force India (2011–)[change | change source]

On 26 January 2011 it was confirmed that di Resta will join Adrian Sutil at the Force India team for the 2011 season. He will replace Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Nico Hülkenberg will replace di Resta as the reserve driver.[3]

Career summary[change | change source]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula Renault UK Eurotek Motorsport 17 1 2 1 2 233 7th
Team JVA
2004 Formula Renault UK Manor Motorsport 20 4 4 2 9 415 3rd
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 3 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
Bahrain Superprix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2005 Formula Three Euroseries Manor Motorsport 19 0 3 2 1 32 10th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2006 Formula Three Euroseries ASM Formule 3 20 5 5 1 9 86 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2007 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Persson Motorsport 10 0 0 0 4 32 5th
2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 11 2 1 4 7 71 2nd
2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 10 1 1 2 3 45 3rd
2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 11 3 3 1 7 71 1st
Formula One Force India Formula One Team Test driver
2011 Formula One Force India F1 Team 11 0 0 0 0 8* 16th*

* Season in progress.
– As di Resta was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete Formula Three Euroseries record[change | change source]

(key)

Season Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2005 Manor Motorsport HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

17
PAU
1

14
PAU
2

DNS
SPA
1

DSQ
SPA
2

5
MCO
1

8
MCO
2

6
OSC
1

4
OSC
2

4
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

8
NÜR
1

23
NÜR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

14
ZAN
2

5
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

DSQ
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DSQ
10th 32
2006 ASM Formule 3 HOC
1

3
HOC
2

Ret
LAU
1

2
LAU
2

3
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

14
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

5
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

18
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

13
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

14
CAT
1

10
CAT
2

6
BUG
1

1
BUG
2

6
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

6
1st 86

Complete DTM results[change | change source]

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

Season Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2007 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005 HOC1
5
OSC
2
LAU
2
BRH
Ret
NOR
15
MUG
3
ZAN
14
NÜR
6
CAT
3
HOC2
8
5th 32
2008 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2008 HOC1
13
OSC
4
MUG
2
LAU
1
NOR
5
ZAN
7
NÜR
2
BRH
2
CAT
1
BUG
2
HOC2
2
2nd 71
2009 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2009 HOC1
5
LAU
4
NOR
7
ZAN
6
OSC
4
NÜR
Ret
BRH
1
CAT
7
DIJ
2
HOC2
3
3rd 45
2010 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2009 HOC1
4
VAL
5
LAU
2
NOR
10
NÜR
2
ZAN
2
BRH
1
OSC
1
HOC2
1
ADR
9
SHA
2
1st 71

Complete Formula One results[change | change source]

(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 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 Force India VJM04 Mercedes FO 108Y 2.4 V8 Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 16th* 8*

* Season in progress.

Personal life[change | change source]

Di Resta, who grew up in Uphall West Lothian. He is the cousin of fellow racing drivers Dario Franchitti and Marino Franchitti.[4] In February 2010, di Resta was made a director of his family's leisure firm, which owns several establishments in West Lothian.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Strang, Simon (2009-11-24). "Force India to test di Resta, Hildebrand". autosport.com (Haymarket). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80327. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  2. Elizalde, Pablo (2010-02-02). "Force India signs di Resta as reserve". autosport.com (Haymarket). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81209. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  3. Elizalde, Pablo (2011-01-26). "Di Resta confirmed at Force India". autosport.com (Haymarket). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/89078. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 McPherson, Lynn (2010-02-07). "Racing driver takes over family's property empire". Daily Record (Scotland: Trinity Mirror). http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/02/07/racing-driver-takes-over-family-s-property-empire-86908-22025292/. Retrieved 2010-02-08.

Other websites[change | change source]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
Formula Three Euroseries
Drivers' Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Romain Grosjean
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
Formula Three Masters
Winner

2006
Succeeded by
Nico Hülkenberg
Preceded by
Timo Scheider
DTM Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Alex Lloyd
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2004
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis