The Vijay Mallya-owned Force India today named 23-year-old Scot Paul di Resta as its test and reserve driver for the 2010 Formula One World Championship.

Di Resta, who outshone his American rival JR Hildebrand in the young driver test at Jerez in December, was unveiled today at the Glasgow headquarters of Force India’s principal sponsors Whyte & Mackay.

“We are very proud to have someone of Paul’s calibre joining the team as his potential was clear in the test and he has the right attitude for making it in F1,” Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said in a statement.

“The programme we have put together will allow him to get to grips with the car, the team and the environment and various pressures associated with F1 and we look forward to this becoming a very fruitful partnership,” said Mr. Mallya, also the team principal.

Force India said the driver would also continue to race in DTM, “which will serve the dual purpose of allowing Paul to learn the current F1 tracks while keeping his racing skills sharp.”

The driver himself was elated with the development and said it was a great leap forward to his F1 career.

“I am ecstatic to finally get the chance to move into F1 at last. I’m pleased I can start my F1 career with Force India, a team that has a lot of potential,” di Resta said.

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