|Paul Di Resta|
|Born||April 16, 1986||Nationality||British|
|Team||Force India||F1 Debut||Australia 2011|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
For much of the latter part of 2012, with Lewis Hamilton increasingly likely to be leaving McLaren, the 26-year-old Scot’s name was in the frame as one of the possible replacements for the 2008 World Champion.
He is, after all, intimately acquainted with the Mercedes engines that power the Woking cars – Force India are also customers of the three-pointed star – and there was also the small matter of his outstanding title-winning performance in the 2010 German Touring Car Championship for Mercedes.
In the end, though, it was teammate Nico Hülkenberg who flew the Force India nest and now Di Resta is left to cool his heels for another season, his third in F1, while waiting for a bigger team to come calling.
Paul brought his Force India home in the points nine times in 2012, the best of them a splendid performance to finish fourth in Singapore, a track where he also excelled in his rookie year in 2011.
Di Resta has a reputation for dourness outside the cockpit, something that may handicap him in today’s image-driven sporting world, but no-one questions his ability in the car.
The plan for 2013? Convert that fourth place into at least one podium, keep Force India ahead of midfield competitors Williams and Sauber, and keep reminding the big boys how good he can be.