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Di Resta delighted to renew rivalries

Paul Di Resta is relishing the prospect of again going head to head with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel after finally securing his place in Formula One. Di Resta will join world champions Hamilton and Vettel on the grid for the new campaign as Force India have put their faith in the 24- year-old Scot.

After taking part in eight Friday morning practice sessions last year Di Resta has replaced Vitantonio Liuzzi.

For Di Resta, who last year combined his F1 duties with clinching the German touring car title, it is the culmination of a journey that began as a child in karting. It was then that Di Resta first competed against Hamilton from the age of eight and Vettel when he was 13.

He said: "Looking at it, they were luckier than me. They had different backing and it got them where they wanted to go quicker. They had it easier but I've got there."