Paul di Resta confirmed as Force India driver for F1 championship
Di Resta, who will make his F1 debut in Bahrain on 13 March, believes he is well prepared for the task ahead.
To the casual observer it might be a case of "Paul Who?" but for those with more than a passing interest in touring car racing, the name Paul Di Resta - Britain's latest Formula One driver - will be more than familiar.
Reigning DTM champion Di Resta has just been confirmed as a driver for the Force India team alongside Adrian Sutil and reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg. The 24-year-old Scot replaces Vitantonio Liuzzi in the Silverstone-based squad after a year of performing test duties for the team while at the same time running a full DTM campaign.
"Obviously I know the team very well and understanding how people work and the systems and procedures in place gives a real advantage as everything you do is improving, rather than learning from scratch," he told Autosport.com, adding: "I will also know some of the circuits from my Friday experience so getting up to speed on those weekends will be quicker and easier."
He will also be renewing old racing ties with two F1 world champions, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. All three competed in the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series while Di Resta went on to beat Vettel to the championship title the following year.
In an interview with Autoblog UK, Di Resta said: "My time with ASM Mercedes in the Formula 3 Euro Series was a very important period in my career. Sebastian and I have had some amazing scraps, and I can't wait to continue our duels at some future date in Formula One."
Although his Force India machinery is no match for Red Bull and McLaren, Di Resta can at least look forward to taking that all-important first step on the F1 grid and he has the backing of BBC commentator, Martin Brundle, who said he has got the "talent and confidence" to succeed in F1.
Before all that though, enjoy these moments from his title-winning DTM season. Click on the videos for more.