Force India to Confirm Paul Di Resta on Wednesday

Another media report, this time sourced from an official statement from Force India Mercedes, has now added up to the suggestion that Paul di Resta will be confirmed new race driver of the Silverstone-based team in 2011. The only question remains for how long the deal between the Scot and Vijay Mallya's team will be signed.

Earlier this week, Force India confirmed that they will hold a press conference at the Whyte and Mackay offices in Glasgow on Wednesday, in order to announce its plans for the 2011 campaign. Obviously, those plans will also include the designation of its race and reserve drivers for the season to come.

The fact that Force India will host the media event in Scotland is a clear argument that Di Resta will have an important role within the organization in 2011. The last time the Indian-backed squad proceeded to holding a press conference in the country was when they confirmed Di Resta as their designated Friday driver for the 2010 F1 campaign, an announcement made also at the Whyte and Mackay offices

It is now believed the Scot will be promoted to race driver at Force India, therefore joining F1 experienced driver Adrian Sutil. In order for that to happen, Mallya decided to let go Vitantonio Liuzzi prior to the 2011 season, despite the fact that the Italian racer had a deal with the team extending all the way through the upcoming campaign.

Speaking to the media in recent days, Mallya admitted that part of the reason why his team hasn't made the drivers lineup announcement sooner was because it has to sort some legal issues. Those were clearly referring to Liuzzi's contract, for which the team must have found a resolution.

In parallel to his F1 commitments with Force India last year – and for which he was highly praised by the team officials, especially since he made some great impressions during some of his Friday drives – Di Resta was crowned champion of the DTM series, where he competed for Mercedes-Benz' works team.
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