Force India F1 has Announced Paul di Resta and JR Hildebrand will test drivers for next season. The first test driving at Jerez, Spain next week. “We are delighted to have Paul and JR join us for the young driver test,” said team principal Vijay Mallya. “Both of their showings in the simulator were excellent and we had no hesitations in offering them some valuable testing. We will be looking at their performance on track very closely and should they perform well, as we are confident they will, we will look at a permanent role for one within the team in 2010, potentially as a test and reserve driver”.
“As a young team we are looking for drivers who can grow with us. As we’ve always said, nationality isn’t the primary selection criteria – it’s talent and dedication to the cause and we have seen enough to know that these two have both.””I am thrilled to be joining Force India for this test,” said di Resta. “It’s been a while since I last tested an F1 car but I’ve been working hard in the simulator and giving it my all in the DTM so I’m confident I’ll be up to speed quickly.
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It’s an exciting opportunity for me as F1 has always been my dream and I feel this is taking me one step closer to achieving it.”I’m realistic that I’ve got a lot to prove and that I need a bit more experience of the cars and the F1 environment before getting a permanent seat but this is just the beginning of what I hope will be a very bright future with Force India. I’d like to thank Mercedes for giving me this opportunity and to Force India for being so supportive.”