Di Resta returns to DTM with Mercedes
21 January 2014 – Paul di Resta has secured a DTM comeback with Mercedes after losing his Force India F1 seat.
The Scot, 27, was pushed out at Force India after the Silverstone-based team chose to place McLaren-reject Sergio Pérez alongside Nico Hülkenberg, but he will now return to the championship he won back in 2010.
"It feels really good to be back in the DTM and to see so many familiar faces again," said di Resta.
"The DTM is a fantastic racing series with three strong premium brands, a very competitive field and a very evenly matched bunch of drivers. I'm really looking forward to working with the whole Mercedes-Benz DTM team and being part of another championship challenge."
Di Resta – who is present at this week's pre-season test at the Portimao Circuit – went on to explain that, despite his limited Formula 1 results, he is still as determined as ever to fight for race victories and titles.
"Much has changed since my last DTM race in Shanghai in 2010 with new cars, a new set of rules and a third manufacturer, but what has not changed is my enormous appetite for success," he explained.
"Mercedes-Benz has given me a car that I can use to fight for wins and the title. However, I realise that it will not be easy. My competitors have two years of experience with the new generation of vehicles, but, starting with the first test, I'll be going flat out in order to be capable of winning at the Hockenheim season opener in early May."