Paul Di Resta has secured a return to the DTM with Mercedes for 2014
Scottish drive ends three-year stint in Formula 1
By William Esler. Last Updated: 21/01/14 10:25am
Paul di Resta has secured a return to the DTM with Mercedes after missing out on an F1 seat in 2014.
The Scottish driver won the prestigious touring car title in 2010 with the German marque and will test for the team at Portimao in Portugal on Tuesday.
Di Resta failed to finish on the podium in any of his 58 grands prix for Force India, but is hopeful of finding success on his return to tin-tops and is already targeting the DTM title.
"It feels really good to be back in the DTM and to see so many familiar faces again," Di Resta said.
"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.
"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. 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 already have two years of experience with the new generation of vehicles, but, starting with today's first test, I'll be going flat out in order to be capable of winning at the Hockenheim season opener in early May."
Di Resta joins McLaren test driver and former DTM champion Gary Paffett at Mercedes and Executive Director of Motorsport Toto Wolff thinks having two experienced drivers will help the team challenge Audi and BMW.
"Paul Di Resta has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz family for many years, and we are delighted that he is returning to the fold this season to further strengthen our DTM squad," the Austrian said.
"Paul has learned a lot during the past few years in Formula 1, and, together with Gary Paffett we now have two experienced drivers in our team, who have already won the DTM title with Mercedes-Benz and can put their knowledge to good use on the track, whilst passing on hints and tips to our Mercedes juniors."