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Di Resta eyes race seat in 2011

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta wants to be promoted to race driver next year © Getty Images
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Paul di Resta has his "fingers crossed" for a Formula One race debut with Force India in 2011.

He is currently the team's reserve driver, and at Silverstone will make another track appearance during Friday morning practice. Mercedes-backed di Resta, who also races with the German marque in the DTM series, is managed by Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony.

"I've learned a lot over the past few years about how to go about racing, and I need to try and be my own individual person," di Resta told the PA news agency. "I'm focused on what my programme is for this year. It's taking one step at a time because it is a big task this year, and hopefully I'm impressing the team enough that I can build a future.

"It's certainly a great team to be part of. I'd love to be driving one of their cars next year, so fingers crossed."

Tonio Liuzzi is under contract at the team for next year but Adrian Sutil has been linked with a move to Renault after he told the German press: "Renault for me would be more than just an alternative."