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Di Resta enjoys smooth F1 track debut in Melbourne

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 13:14

Melbourne: British driver Paul di Resta marked his Formula One track debut for a grand prix weekend with the 11th fastest lap during the first free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

The 23-year old test driver replaced Force India`s regular racer Adrian Sutil for the session on Albert Park circuit and finished one spot above seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher.

Scotsman Di Resta had admitted to a bout of nerves before jumping in the car but was a study in calm after the session, which he said had run "really quite simply".

"It`s just enjoying the moment," Di Resta told a small group of reporters. "We didn`t go into the session thinking about the timesheets, but of course it`s always a bonus when you`re relatively halfway up the grid."

Di Resta, whose team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi was 10th fastest, will drive another practice session in Malaysia next week.

"Hopefully it`s a good foundation to build on for the upcoming races," he added.

"It`s just about building myself up and feeling more comfortable in the environment there."

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 13:14

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