Monday, 18 January 2010

Bathgate Driver Heading for F1

West Lothian already has one internationally known Motorsport Champion in Bathgate's Dario Franchitti the double Indy Car Champion. But it won't be him that may be lining up on the F1 grid this year.

Though to keep it in the family his young cousin Paul Di Resta impressed in testing at Jerez last month. The 23-year-old is a member of the Mercedes Young Driver Development Programme, and has already won a European Formula 3 title and been runner-up in the German Touring Car Championship with Mercedes. He has said he has been in talks with Force India who will be using Mercedes engines, adding:

"I would say we are about 90 percent there. We are in the final stages of finishing off for the programme they have set and hopefully we can build a very long and strong relationship for me to try and race with Force India in the future."

So we may well have a Bathgate driver in both the Indy Car and F1 series this season.

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