The 24-year-old from Bathgate will partner Adrian Sutil for the Indian team after being promoted from his test role to replace Vitantonio Liuzzi.
Di RestaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drive was confirmed in Glasgow on Wednesday at an event at the headquarters of Force India sponsors Whyte and Mackay, but it had long been known he would secure a seat for 2011.
The current DTM champion, di Resta also beat current F1 champion Sebastian Vettel to the Formula 3 title in 2006 and will relish the opportunity to race against the German again in 2011.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Naturally I am thrilled to be making my race debut this season,Ã¢â‚¬Â di Resta said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Becoming an F1 driver has been a long-held ambition of mine, something I’ve wanted to do since I first stepped into a kart, and to finally realise it feels amazing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’ve worked really hard for this opportunity throughout my career and to get it with Force India, a young team that has ambitions as big as mine, is genuinely exciting.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Di Resta becomes the first Scot in F1 since David Coulthard, who is now a commentator and pundit for the BBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coverage of the sport, and is also the cousin of three times IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti.
His role as test driver for Force India last season gives him a good starting point for his first full season in F1, and he will feature heavily in the forthcoming winter tests.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last year was a huge learning curve, but it got me into the team, the environment, and enabled me to learn all the systems you need to go through,Ã¢â‚¬Â said di Resta.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know the team now and I know what it takes to get through a weekend. I’ve learned many of the tracks, but it’s still going to be a different challenge.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Former Williams driver Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg will test for Force India in Valencia, before handing the car to di Resta.
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