07-09 Jun | Montreal
|(P7) Paul Di Resta||+1 Lap|
|(P10) Adrian Sutil||+1 Lap|
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Paul Di Resta
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.
- Date Of Birth - 16 April 1986 (26)
- Car Number - 14
- Born - Uphall, West Lothian, UK
- Lives In - Monaco
- Weight - 78kg
- Height - 185cm
- Marital Status - Single
|2012||Sahara Force India Formula One Team race driver, 14th overall|
|2011||Sahara Force India Formula One Team race driver, 13th overall|
|2010||DTM (Works Mercedes C Klasse), Champion|
|2009||DTM (Works Mercedes C Klasse), 3rd overall, one win, two podiums|
|2008||DTM (Works Mercedes C Klasse), 2nd overall, two wins, five podiums|
|2007||DTM (Mercedes), 5th overall, four podiums Highest placed driver in two year-old car|
|2006||Formula 3 Euroseries champion, five wins, four podiums BP Ultimate Masters victory at Zandvoort|
|2005||Formula 3 Euroseries, 10th overall, one podium|
|2004||British Formula Renault, 3rd overall, four wins, four podiums 5th place Bahrain F3-Superprix McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award winner|
|2003||British Formula Renault, 7th overall, one win, one podium|
|2002||British Formula Renault Winter Series|
|2001||British karting champion|
|1999||European karting championship, 2nd overall|
|1994 - 2001||Karting championships|
Two years after his race debut with Williams, Nico Hülkenberg returns to F1 race action with Sahara Force India in 2012, having spent last season as the teams reserve driver.
Born in 1987, Nico made a huge impression in his karting career, winning the German Junior title in 2002 and the senior version the following year. In 2005 aged just 17 he graduated to the domestic Formula BMW series, taking eight race wins and beating Sebastian Buemi to the title.
In 2006 he competed in German F3, finishing fifth in the championship. By now, under the management of Willi Weber, the man who discovered Michael Schumacher, Nico really made his mark in A1 GP, taking nine wins and earning the series title for Germany.
In 2007 he made a sideways move to Euro F3 with the ASM team, effectively stepping into the seat occupied by Paul Di Resta the previous season. In his first year in the highly competitive series he finished a strong third, behind only teammate Romain Grosjean and Buemi. He also won the F3 Masters event at Zandvoort, and experienced his first F1 mileage when he tested for Williams at Jerez in December.
He remained with the renamed ART team in 2008, dominating the championship with eight wins. He also had a taste of the GP2 Asia Series, winning in Qatar, while he continued to log F1 mileage in testing for Williams.
In 2009, Nico contested the GP2 Series for ART, earning five wins and taking the title in his rookie year a feat matched only by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, both of whom also drove for ART. He continued to impress the Williams team with his testing performances and duly earned a full-time seat for 2010, alongside Rubens Barrichello.
On only his third outing in Malaysia, Nico qualified fifth and scored his first point with tenth place. He finished in the points seven times in total, with a best of sixth place in Hungary. However, the undoubted highlight was a stunning pole position on a drying track at the penultimate race of the season in Brazil.
Unfortunately Williams could not offer Nico a race seat for 2011, and instead he switched to Sahara Force India to take up the role of reserve driver, sampling the car for the first time in Valencia in February. He subsequently took part in 14 Friday practice sessions on race weekends.
Nico impressed the team with his speed, feedback and approach, and in December 2011 he was confirmed as a race driver for 2012, alongside Paul Di Resta.
- Date Of Birth - 19 August 1987
- Car Number - Race Driver, Car Number 12
- Born - Emmerich, Germany
- Lives In - Frankfurt, Germany
- Weight - 74kg
- Height - 184cm
- Marital Status - Single
|2011||Sahara Force India Formula One Team reserve driver|
|2010||F1, Williams F1, 14th place|
|2009||GP2, champion F1, test driver, Williams F1|
|2008||F3 Euroseries, Champion 2nd, Masters in Zolder|
|2006 - 2007||A1GP, Champion, nine wins Winner, Masters in Zolder (2007)|
|2006||5th, German F3, one win, three poles|
|2005||Formula BMW-ADAC, Champion, champion Rookie-Cup, nine wins Winner, Speed Academy 3rd, Formula-BMW World Final Bahrain|
|2001 - 2004||European Runner-up Kart Cadets (2001) Italian Junior Champion (2001/2002) German Junior Champion (2002) 8th, European Championship (2002) 5th, Italian Championship (2003) German Champion (2003) German Runner-up (2004)|
Frenchman Jules Bianchi joins Sahara Force India as reserve driver for 2012, following in the footsteps of Paul Di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg, who held the role in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Jules hails from a famous racing family. His grandfather Mauro was a successful F3 and sportscar racer, while his great uncle Lucien started 17 Grand Prix between 1960 and 1968. Lucien earned a best finish of third in Monaco in the latter season before his tragic death in a testing crash at Le Mans in 1969. A corner at the Zolder circuit in Belgium is named in his honour.
Second in the karting World Cup in 2006, Jules graduated to car racing in 2007. He immediately found success by winning the French Formula Renault title, with five race victories. He moved up to Euro Series F3 the following year with ART. In his rookie season he took two wins and finished third in the championship, and also won the prestigious Masters race at Zolder.
He remained with ART for 2009, and proved a dominant winner of the championship, earning nine race wins. He also gained useful experience of Monaco with a one-off outing in the Renault 3.5 series, and sampled GP2 for the first time in the Asia series at the end of the year.
For 2010, Jules moved up to GP2, still with the ART team. He showed his pace by earning three poles, and while he took three second places, a first win remained frustratingly out of reach. A back injury sustained in a crash in Hungary hampered his season, but he still finished fourth in his first year in the category. He also tested for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.
He remained with the renamed Lotus ART team in 2011, scoring his first victory and finishing third in the championship. He also won a round of the GP2 Asia series.
He will add to his growing experience with outings in at least nine Friday practice sessions for Sahara Force India over the course of the 2012 season.
- Date Of Birth - 3 August 1989
- Car Number - Reserve Driver
- Born - Nice, France
- Lives In - Brignoles, France
- Weight - 70kg
- Height - 179cm
- Marital Status - Single
|2011||GP2 Asia Series, 2nd place, 1 win GP2, 3rd Place, 1 win, 5 podiums|
|2010||GP2 Asia Series, 12th place, 1 podium GP2, 3rd Place, 4 podiums|
|2009||F3 Euroseries, Champion, 9 wins|
|2008||F3 Euroseries, 3rd place, 2 wins|
|2007||Formula Renault 2.0, French Champion, 5 wins|
|2006||Go-Kart Formula A (100cc) French Champion 2nd in World Cup 2nd in Winter Cup 3rd in Italian Championship 5th in European Championship WSK 125 cc Champion 3rd in 125 cc World Cup|
|2005||Go-Kart Formula A category Asia-Pacific Champion 4th in the World Championship|
|2004||Go-Kart Junior Category 2nd in European Championship 2nd in French Championship|
Adrian Sutil is one of Formula One’s most consistent drivers and returns to Sahara Force India following five consecutive seasons with the Silverstone-based team between 2007 and 2011. He returns hungry to achieve both his and the team’s ultimate goal of becoming a regular podium challenger.
Adrian got his break into F1 in 2006 when he joined the Midland F1 team for three Friday practice sessions. His speed and commitment impressed the team and he was signed on a multi-year race seat contract starting from 2007 when it became Spyker Formula One Team. The young German made quite an impression on the field; he shone in Monaco to head the timesheets in practice and then secured his, and the team’s, first world championship point in a rain-lashed Japanese Grand Prix that had claimed many more experienced drivers.
For 2008, Adrian remained with the team in its new Force India guise. He did not score any points that season but again featured well in several races, including the Monaco Grand Prix in which he so nearly got an unexpected fourth position. In 2009 the team fielded a more competitive car and Adrian was able to notch up several virtuoso performances, qualifying seventh on the grid for his home Grand Prix in Germany and then putting the car on the front row at Monza. After a hard race he secured fourth position and the fastest lap of the race, his best result to date in F1. Further impressive qualifying positions followed in both Japan and Brazil, where he qualified in the top four.
In 2010 Adrian was consistently able to race in the top ten and scored points in nine races, including two fifth places in Malaysia and Belgium. An impressive qualifying pace also saw a run of six Q3 entrances. At the close of the season he had racked up an impressive 47 points, finishing the year just outside the top ten in 11th position. He further improved his position in 2011, finishing ninth in the Drivers’ Championship with 42 points in a season which saw him score two sixth places as best results, in the closing Brazilian Grand Prix and in front of his home crowd in Germany.
Following a season outside of the sport in 2012, Adrian was officially confirmed as driver for Sahara Force India in February 2013, marking a welcome return to the team where he has competed throughout his whole Formula One career.
Despite his talent behind the wheel, however, until his early teenage years Adrian was destined for a career in music rather than motor racing. His father, Jorge, who had migrated from Uruguay to Germany in his late 20s, played the violin in the Müncher Philharmonie for many years and his mother, Monika, was also a talented musician. The young Adrian learnt to play piano to concert pianist standard.
Adrian’s first contact with motorsport was when his brother took him to a karting track aged just 14. He never looked back to music and, instead, resolved to get to the pinnacle of the sport; Formula One. In his first season in single-seater motorsport in 2002, he won the Formula Ford Swiss championship with 12 pole positions and 12 wins in 12 races. In 2004 he graduated to the Formula 3 Euroseries, securing four podiums in his maiden season.
In 2005 Adrian moved to the ASM team, finishing second in the championship to 2008 F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, with 11 podiums in 18 races. He also participated in three A1GP races for A1 Team Germany, but in 2006 moved across to the Far East to compete in the Japanese F3 championship. With strong performances throughout the year, Adrian secured his first international title with five wins, which paved the way to his first contact with F1 later that year.
- Date Of Birth - 11 January 1983 (30)
- Car Number - 15
- Born - Graefeling, Germany
- Lives In - Oensingen, Switzerland
- Weight - 75kg
- Height - 183cm
- Marital Status - Single
|2011||9th, F1 with Sahara Force India (42 points)|
|2010||11th, F1 with Force India (47 points)|
|2009||17th, F1 with Force India (5 points), one fastest lap (Italy)|
|2008||20th, F1 with Force India (0 points)|
|2007||19th, F1 with Spyker (1 point)|
|2006||Friday driver at three Grands Prix, Spyker Formula One Team Champion, Japanese Formula 3|
|2005||2nd, F3 Euroseries with Team ASM (two poles, two wins, 11 podiums and lap record at Monaco, Spa and Norisring) 2nd, Marlboro Masters in Zandvoort|
|2004||F3 Euroseries with Team Kolles (two poles)|
|2003||6th, German Formula ADAC BMW Championship with Team HBR Motorsport|
|2002||Champion, Swiss Formula Ford with SSPT Racing (12 wins, 12 poles)|
|2001||Kart European Championship with Birel Motorsport (one pole)|
|2000||3rd, German ICA Championship with PCR Germany|