Paul Di Resta was born into a sporting family. His cousin is the former CART driver, and IndyCar 2007 champion, Dario Franchitti, who has also won the Indy 500. Dario’s brother, Marino, is also a racing driver, who has raced in various endurance racers. Paul’s late step-father, Dougie McCracken, was a professional footballer who played for, among others, Scottish teams Ayr United, Dumbarton & East Fife. It does not seem a surprise, then, that Paul became a professional sportsperson.
From an initial junior career in karting, Paul moved to Formula Renault, where in 2004 he won McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of The Year Award, which had been won by his cousin, Dario, in 1992. After that, he moved to Formula Three, where he raced against Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Guido van der Garde, and Adrian Sutil, among others. He won the 2006 series, ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who came second in the championship.
Paul moved to DTM in 2007, where he remained until winning the series in 2010, the same year that he became the Force India Formula One test driver. In 2011, he was promoted to a race seat by Force India, where he has remained since. There were various rumours linking Paul to other teams, and many believe that he deserves a better car in the sport. 2013 saw the team start strongly, and were ahead of McLaren for the first half of the year. However, at the end of the season, Paul’s contract was not renewed, and, failing to secure a seat in Formula One for 2014, he headed back to DTM.
One of my pictures of Paul, seen walking down the pit lane with Sky F1 presenter, Natalie Pinkham, at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, has become my most popular F1 picture on Twitter within a few weeks of it being taken. I presume this shows that Paul is a remarkably popular driver. Here is the picture.
It is one of many pictures that I have taken of Paul at various events over the years, some of which are below. I do hope that you like them.
There is a list of my various galleries of Formula One drivers here.