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Di Resta set for 2011 race drive

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta looks set to step up to a race drive next season © Getty Images

Force India looks set to promote Paul di Resta into one of its race seats next year.

Reports in both Autosport magazine and The Sun newspaper have tipped the 24-year-old to step up after his year as a Friday test driver this season.

Di Resta came to Force India with backing from engine supplier Mercedes and an impressive record in DTM and the F3 Euroseries. Team owner and boss Vijay Mallya said di Resta has the "right attitude to make it in F1".

The Scot is present at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix but will not be taking part in Friday morning practice.

Force India has yet to officially confirm its driver line-up for 2011, with Adrian Sutil openly admitting he is looking for a drive elsewhere and Tonio Liuzzi insisting he has a contract with the team for next season.

Sutil has been linked with a move to Mercedes or Renault, depending on whether a drive becomes avaliable. Current Renault driver Vitaly Petrov said on Thursday that he is not worried about losing his seat.

"I know what I am doing," said the Russian. "Why must I worry? They must worry. I think I will continue to do my job and I think everything looks good."