While various sources have been confirming Paul di Resta as Force India's latest F1 driver for some time, the dream looks set to become reality on Wednesday [26 January] following the scheduling of a press conference in the Scot's home town.
To be hosted by whisky brand Whyte & Mackay - owned by Force India CEO Vijay Mallya - the event will take place in Glasgow, leaving little room for doubt that it will indeed be confirmation of the 24-year old Scot's big break after serving engine supplier Mercedes so valiantly in the DTM touring car series. With current team leader Adrian Sutil expected to return for a fourth year in Indian colours, the choice of venue is being seen as the key to the identity of the second driver, with 2010 incumbent Tonio Liuzzi looking likely to depart completely.
The Italian is understood to have had a year remaining on his Force India contract, but Mallya's admission last week that 'tying up legal loose ends' was delaying confirmation of his line-up, it is expected that some arrangement has been reached with the former F3000 champion, who once again appears destined for the F1 scrapheap unless he can find the means to land an HRT race seat or testing role elsewhere on the grid.
While Liuzzi's manager, Peter Collins, insists that his charge will be in the top flight in 2011, he also admitted that it was unlikely that it would be in a race role, and it is also unforeseeable that the Italian will be able to fill the reserve seat at Force India, with Williams refugee Nico Hulkenberg apparently being lined up to take over from di Resta in that role this season.
Should he indeed be confirmed alongside Sutil, di Resta - a cousin of Indy 500 and Indycar Series champion Dario Franchitti - would become only the third Briton on the grid for 2011, joining world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, who will also be Mercedes powered at Force India technical partner McLaren.