Paul di Resta and JR Hildebrand will test with Force India in the Young Drivers test sessions at Jerez in December, but aren’t in the running for a race seat after Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi were confirmed as Force India’s race drivers for the 2010 season.
Di Resta, who won the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2006 ahead of Sebastian Vettel, has spend the past 3 seasons driving for Mercedes in the DTM, while Hildebrand is the reigning Indy Lights champion.
The duo are rumoured to be battling it out for Force India’s reserve driver role at the test, but Di Resta may have the upper hand here, considering he is a works driver for the team’s technical partner Mercedes.
“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. 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.”
Hildebrand was similarly happy, in what will be his first ever Formula One test session.
“‘I’m ecstatic to get my first taste of F1,” he said. “I’ve heard so much about the performance of the cars and know this is going to be quicker and more responsive than anything I’ve ever sat in before. I know it’s a big challenge but I feel ready to tackle it. The aim is to learn the track and the car and then hopefully show my potential.”
They will be sharing a car in the first two test days, and the third day’s running is yet to be finalised.