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di Resta: Friday run a great opportunity for me

Britain's Paul di Resta can't wait for his first run in practice for the Force India F1 team.
Force India test and reserve driver Paul di Resta has admitted he is 'excited' ahead of his first Friday F1 2010 run in Australia this week.

The Scot will replace Adrian Sutil in FP1 as he seeks to gain further track time and experience behind the wheel of the Mercedes-powered VJM03.

Speaking in the countdown to the event at Albert Park, he added the chance to run at a grand prix weekend is a real privilege.

"I am excited, for sure. Given the pace of the car in Bahrain it's a great opportunity for me at this stage of my career," he noted. "I've never been to Melbourne but I'll walk the track with the engineers on the Wednesday ahead of the race and work with them to be able to do some useful work during the session.

"At the end of the day I'm not going to come out and try and set fastest times - it's about feeding my information back into the race schedule, helping the team and learning as much as I can.

"If I set a good time, great, but we need to approach this as a team as well and work through our programme."

di Resta also attended the F1 2010 season opener in Bahrain two weeks ago and while he didn't get to drive there he still felt the trip was worthwhile.

"Bahrain was a genuinely interesting experience. I've been to F1 races before but always as an observer, I've never been so involved in a team," he continued. "A lot of the time was spent attending meetings, speaking with the engineers and learning how the team functions over a race meeting.

"It's a professional team and I've learnt a lot about how to approach the car, deal with the systems and the procedures and also what the team needs from me in terms of feedback and support. They've made me very welcome and I'm looking forward to putting it all into practice when I get my chance in Australia."

So how has he geared-up for the task this weekend?

"I've been in the simulator, tried to learn the Albert Park layout and I've looked over all the information from Bahrain," he added. "I feel as prepared as I can be at this stage.

"As I say when we get to Australia I'll be walking the track, working with the engineers and then keeping my focus during the practice session. I feel ready and can't wait to get started; it's a great opportunity," he summed-up.

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Paul di Resta [Pic credit: Force India]

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