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Paul Di Resta ready for the F1 unknown in Australia

Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, 25-27 March
Practice: Friday 25 March 0125-0305 and 0525-0705; and Saturday 26 March 0255-0405, Red Button, online and 5 live sports extra
Qualifying: Saturday 26 March 0500-0730 on BBC One, BBC HD channel, Red Button, online and 5 live sports extra
Race: Sunday 27 March 0600-0900 on BBC One, BBC HD channel, BBC HD channel, Red Button, online and Radio 5 live sports extra

Paul di Resta

Di Resta excited about F1 debut

Paul di Resta admits he is facing the unknown, but the Scot is pleased to be boldly going there as he prepares for his first Formula One season.

The Force India newcomer has put in some promising performances in testing but points out that Sunday's Australian Grand Prix is another matter.

"I am very excited," said the 24-year-old di Resta. "It is a bit unknown.

"We are not exactly where we want to be, but still staying very positive. We are going into it with a strong mind."

The Livingston-born driver has risen through the ranks having started out in karting before spells in Formula Renault and Formula Three.

He then spent three years in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) touring car racing, winning the title last year.

Three days away from a Grand Prix is a strange sensation

Paul di Resta

And, having previously tested for McLaren and Force India, the latter chose him in January to replace Vitantonio Liuzzi in their team for this season along with Adrian Sutil.

"It's been a long build up to this, a long winter, a lot of hard work," said di Resta.

"I haven't really stopped since last year.

"Three days away from a Grand Prix is a strange sensation but one naturally that I am much looking forward to and certainly seeing where we are as a team and where we need to focus on for the rest of the year.

"It is a long year ahead. There will be better points over the weekend, but it is very difficult to judge where we are going to be given it has only been winter testing and I am sure everybody's in a same position."

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see also
Paul di Resta profile
26 Nov 11 |  Drivers & Teams
Force India
16 Mar 12 |  Drivers & Teams
McLaren upbeat for Australian GP
24 Mar 11 |  Formula 1
Red Bull throw down F1 gauntlet
24 Mar 11 |  Formula 1
Franchitti backs di Resta in F1
17 Feb 11 |  Formula 1
Coulthard urges Di Resta realism
03 Feb 11 |  Formula 1
Di Resta signs up for Force India
26 Jan 11 |  Formula 1

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