Paul Di Resta in 2014 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
Apart from 2005 DTM champion, Gary Paffett (32, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 2010 DTM champion Paul Di Resta (27, Scotland) will be back driving a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in 2014. The year also sees Daimler prepare for its 120th anniversary of competitive motor racing.
Between 2007 to 2010, Paul Di Resta raced with Mercedes DTM, and secured 6 wins, 6 pole positions and 7 fastest laps from 42 races. Armed with a DTM title at the season finale in Shanghai in 2010, Di Resta switched to Formula 1, contesting 58 grands prix’ for Sahara Force India Mercedes (2011-2013), scoring 121 championship points.
Paul Di Resta won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future Kart series in 2000, and was a Mercedes-Benz junior 4 years later. In 2005, he moved to the Formula 3 Euro Series, and won in a Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine in his 2nd season, outdoing 4-time F1 world championship title holder, Sebastian Vettel.
Paul Di Resta: “It feels really good to be back in the DTM and to see so many familiar faces again. 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.” He addes, “I’m hungry for success”.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “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. 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.”