Paul di Resta
|Date of Birth||April 13, 1986|
|Place of Birth||Uphall, GBR|
|Weight/Height||74 kg / 185 cm|
|First GP||March 27, 2011|
|Championships||3 (0 Won)|
|Grand Prix||43 (0 Won)|
Paul Di Resta, who grew up in Uphall, West Lothian, and now lives in Monaco, is a cousin of racing drivers Dario and Marino Franchitti. His step-father was Scottish footballer Dougie McCracken. His younger brother, Stefan, has raced at an amateur level.
Paul di Resta is a director of his family’s leisure firm.
Upon the signing for his début season with Force India, Di Resta purchased an apartment in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He joins numerous other racing drivers in the Principality where he lives with his girlfriend Laura Jordan.
Di Resta tested for the McLaren Formula One team, and was in the frame for a drive with the Force India team for the 2009 season 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.
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 be close to a deal as 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 and placed 11th.