Di Resta closing in on Force India drive (includes interview video)
January 17, 2010
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Paul Di Resta testing for Force India last December
Current DTM driver, Paul Di Resta, says that he is currently closing in on a contract as a test driver for Force India for this season.
He has driven a Force India before, in the young driver test last December, and impressed with getting 2nd fastest laps in 2 days out of 3. Regarding this test, Di Resta was happy, saying:
“Yeah. We had a very difficult year in the DTM last year. It did not get off to the best start but then, during the year, we started talking to Force India. And thankfully they gave me an opportunity to go down to Jerez and do three half days in the car.”
“It was a big opportunity and something I have waited a long time to do, to get a serious chance to drive the car, and it was very productive. We came out very strong and also moved forward and built a relationship with Force India.”
He is currently in negotiations with Vijay Mallya and the Force India team regarding a test driver contract for this year. Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi have already locked out the race seats. He stated:
“Things are moving along quite strong. Since the test for sure we have been in talks, and I would say we are about 90 per cent there. We are in the final stages of finishing off for the programme they have set and hopefully we can build a very long and strong relationship for me to try and race with Force India in the future.”
Di Resta also added that he may not be able to compete in DTM in the future with Merceedes, having spent 3 years with the team.
A full interview with Paul Di Resta, at the Autosport International, is available here: