Paul Di Resta enters his third season as a full-time F1 race driver with Sahara Force India in 2013.
Born in April 1986, Paul is a member of a famous Scottish racing family and is the cousin of Indycar star, Dario Franchitti, and sportscar racer, Marino Franchitti.
After achieving huge success in karting, Paul made the switch to cars in the Formula Renault Winter Series at the end of 2002. The following year he was one of the leading lights in Formula Renault UK, scoring his first win and finishing seventh in the championship.
In 2004 Paul really made his mark in Formula Renault UK. Having joined Manor Motorsport, he scored four victories and finished third in the championship. He also made his F3 debut and won the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, which earned him a test drive in a McLaren F1 car.
In 2005 he made a fulltime move to Euro F3 with Manor, earning three poles and finishing 10th in his rookie year. He then moved to the ASM team for 2006, where he enjoyed a stunning season, earning nine poles, taking five wins, and beating BMW Sauber F1 test driver Sebastian Vettel to the title. He also won the F3 Masters event at Zandvoort.
Engine supplier Mercedes was mightily impressed by Paul, and he was offered a DTM seat for 2007. Despite having an older car, he impressed everyone by finishing fifth in his rookie season.
His performance earned him a promotion to a works drive in a current car for 2008. Paul duly took his first victory and finished a close second - and top Mercedes driver - in the championship. The following year he earned third place, while that December he also had his first experience of Sahara Force India when he took part in the Young Driver F1 test at Jerez.
That test helped to secure Paul the role of reserve driver for 2010 and his programme included eight Friday FP1 sessions, giving him some valuable experience. Meanwhile he continued to star in the DTM, where three wins saw him win the championship - the first title for Mercedes in four years.
Paul graduated to a Sahara Force India race seat for 2011, alongside Adrian Sutil. He finished tenth on his debut in Australia and went on to score points on seven further occasions, with a best of sixth in Singapore. The highlight of his year was undoubtedly his home race at Silverstone, where he qualified an impressive sixth.
2012 saw more of the same with Paul a regular top ten runner. Highlights included a masterful drive to sixth in Bahrain and a career-best fourth place finish in Singapore. He showed his speed in qualifying, too, setting the fourth quickest time in Monza.