Di Resta: Making waves in Formula 1
Paul di Resta was the standout rookie of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship, so Adam Cooper found out what he'd made of his maiden season in motorsport's top echelon
There's no official prize for the best rookie in Formula 1, but by any measure Paul di Resta would have been a worthy winner in 2011. Sergio Perez had some strong races, but di Resta scored more points than the Mexican and finished a solid 13th in the world championship. He made the top 10 on eight occasions, and kept his far more experienced team-mate Adrian Sutil on his toes.
In many later races the two Force Indias ran split strategies in order to cover any threat from Sauber or Toro Rosso – close rivals in the constructors' championship. On occasion di Resta drew the short straw, so his final points tally could have looked even better.
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