Paul di Resta

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Paul di Resta
Paul di resta 2009.jpg
di Resta in 2009
Born (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28)
Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
2014 DTM
Debut season 2007
Current team HWA Team
Car no. 6
Former teams Persson Motorsport
Starts 48
Championships 1
Wins 6
Poles 6
Fastest laps 6
Best finish 1st in 2010
Finished last season 1st (71 pts) in 2010
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  British
Active years 20112013
Teams Force India
Races 58 (58 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 121
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix
2013 position 12th (48 pts)

Paul di Resta (born 16 April 1986 in Uphall, Livingston, Scotland[1][2]) is a British racing driver who drove in Formula One from 2010 to 2013. A former DTM and Formula 3 Euroseries champion, di Resta did not secure a Formula One drive for 2014, and rejoined Mercedes to race again in the DTM.

Personal life[edit]

Di Resta grew up in Bathgate, West Lothian, and went to Bathgate Academy. He now lives in Monaco, and is a cousin of racing drivers Dario and Marino Franchitti.[3] His step-father was Scottish footballer Dougie McCracken.[4] His younger brother, Stefan, has raced at an amateur level.[5]

Di Resta is a director of his family's leisure firm.[citation needed]

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 wife Laura Jordan.[citation needed]

Di Resta and Jordan became engaged in December 2013[6][7] and married on August 28, 2014.[8]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

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

Formula Renault[edit]

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. He also won the 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[edit]

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.

DTM[edit]

Di Resta finished runner-up 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. In the championship he finished 5th overall behind drivers Mattias Ekstrom (who won his second DTM title), Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk and Jamie Green. 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 One[edit]

Di Resta during practice at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.

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.[9]

Force India (2010–2013)[edit]

2010[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] The deal was duly announced on 2 February.[12] 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[13] and placed 11th.[14] He drove in the first practice sessions of all the following races until Monaco Grand Prix, where he did not take part. He resumed driving for the team at the European Grand Prix and the following British Grand Prix. After sitting out the German Grand Prix he returned for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Di Resta subsequently sat out the Belgian Grand Prix as Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil needed as much track-time as possible to get the feeling of the new parts. He participated in practice for the Italian Grand Prix, but did not participate in the Singapore or Japanese Grands Prix. The team elected that di Resta should miss the Korean Grand Prix to allow Liuzzi and Sutil to get used to the new track for the race.[15]

2011[edit]
Di Resta at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

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.[16] This was followed by another 10th place in Malaysia, 11th in China, and a retirement in Turkey, where he left the pits with a loose wheel. He 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.

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

2012[edit]
Di Resta driving for Force India at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.

On 16 December 2011, it was announced that he was to be retained by Force India for the 2012 season, with Nico Hülkenberg taking the place of Sutil as his team mate.[17] 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. He was 12th in China. 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. He was 14th in Spain, a lap behind winner Pastor Maldonado; seventh in Monaco having started 15th on the grid; and 11th in Montreal. 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.

Di Resta at the 2012 US Grand Prix

After failing to score a point in the next three races, di Resta finished tenth in Belgium. The following weekend, at the Italian Grand Prix, di Resta showed strong pace in qualifying, setting the fourth fastest time in Q3, but took a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change to start the grand prix in ninth. He finished the race in eighth. 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.

2013[edit]
Di Resta at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 31 January 2013, Force India confirmed di Resta would race for the team for a third consecutive season in 2013.[18] 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. In Malaysia, however di Resta retired after his car's wheel nuts kept jamming, and the team was ultimately forced to retire both cars.

Qualifying in 11th place for the Chinese Grand Prix, the race saw him finish in eighth place and he obtained four points. However without a first lap incident with team mate Adrian Sutil, he may have finished fifth or sixth as he was showing great race pace.

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.

A disappointing qualifying session in the wet meant di Resta started from 17th in Monaco, however initially going for an aggressive two stop strategy; luck played its part and due to a red flag he was able to use a new set of tyres, and made ground to ninth place finish with some good overtakes.

Another disappointing qualifying session at the next race in Canada saw di Resta starting in 17th position yet again. Starting on the harder medium compound tyre, di Resta was able to run the longest of all drivers on his first stint, going 56 laps before finally making his only pit stop. The strategy worked as di Resta finished the race in 7th.

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.

DTM return (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014 di Resta returned to Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series driving for Mercedes.[19]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

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 3 Euro Series Manor Motorsport 19 0 3 2 1 32 10th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM Formule 3 20 5 5 1 9 86 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 1 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 F1 Team Test driver
2011 Formula One Force India F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 27 13th
2012 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 20 0 0 0 0 46 14th
2013 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 48 12th
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 4 0 0 0 0 12* 12th*

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

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series record[edit]

(key)

Yr 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[edit]

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

 Year  Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2007 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2005 HOC
5
OSC
2
LAU
2
BRH
Ret
NOR
15
MUG
3
ZAN
14
NÜR
6
CAT
3
HOC
8
5th 32
2008 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
13
OSC
4
MUG
2
LAU
1
NOR
5
ZAN
7
NÜR
2
BRH
2
CAT
1
BUG
2
HOC
2
2nd 71
2009 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 HOC
5
LAU
4
NOR
7
ZAN
6
OSC
4
NÜR
Ret
BRH
1
CAT
7
DIJ
2
HOC
3
3rd 45
2010 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 HOC
4
VAL
5
LAU
2
NOR
10
NÜR
2
ZAN
2
BRH
1
OSC
1
HOC
1
ADR
9
SHA
2
1st 71
2014 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
14
OSC
4
HUN
18
NOR
15
MSC
Ret
SPL
18
NÜR
4
LAU
Ret
ZAN
Ret
HOC
4
15th 36

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul di Resta profile". BBC. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Formula 1™ - The Official F1™ Website". Formula1.com. 1986-04-16. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ McPherson, Lynn (7 February 2010). "Racing driver takes over family's property empire". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Formula One rookie battles on in Turkey Grand Prix despite suspected suicide of stepfather". Daly Mail (London). 9 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Di Resta to make Knockhill debut this Sunday – 8th April". knockhill.com (Knockhill Racing Circuit). 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  6. ^ http://instagram.com/p/iUTQLHOszI/
  7. ^ http://www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_5939151/paul-di-resta/
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/pauldirestaf1/status/505060636540542976
  9. ^ English, Steven (14 December 2008). "Force India keep Fisichella and Sutil". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Strang, Simon (24 November 2009). "Force India to test di Resta, Hildebrand". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Noble, Jonathan (16 January 2010). "Di Resta close to Force India role". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2 February 2010). "Force India signs di Resta as reserve". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Noble, Jonathan (24 March 2010). "Di Resta ready for Formula 1 chance". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Australian Grand Prix – Practice Results". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  15. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (18 October 2010). "Di Resta will not drive in Korea either". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  16. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (26 January 2011). "Di Resta confirmed at Force India". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Hulkenberg joins Di Resta in Force India's 2012 line-up". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  18. ^ January 2013 "Paul di Resta". Force India. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Paul di Resta returns to the DTM with Mercedes after losing F1 drive". Autosport. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 3 Euro Series
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
Martin Tomczyk
Awards
Preceded by
Alex Lloyd
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2004
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis
Preceded by
Kamui Kobayashi
Autosport Awards
Rookie of the Year

2011
Succeeded by
Mathéo Tuscher