Paul di Resta will join Force India as the team’s third driver in 2010.
The team confirmed he will also get the chance to drive in Friday test sesions in order to learn the F1 tracks, raising the possibility of him driving for the team in 2011.
Di Resta said he was “ecstatic” to have the chance to move into F1. He added:
I think this programme is a perfect way to prepare fully and be ready to go if and when the chance of a race seat comes. I hope this will be the start of a long-term future with Force India.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta is backed by whiskey producer Whyte & Mackey, who sponsor Force India. He drove for the team during the young drivers’ test day at the end of last year.
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