Paul di Resta feels "privileged" to race in India

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011, 10:51 AM IST

London: British Formula One driver Paul di Resta believes it a privilege to be racing for Force India this weekend as Formula One finally takes to the sub-continent.

According to The Mirror, Di Resta insists for him and the rest of that the team the pressure is on ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, situated 35 kilometres south east of Delhi.

Supported by Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, and sporting the colours of the Indian flag, the next few days could be more tense for the Scot than ahead of the British Grand Prix.

"India is a big race for us and it`s important we get a strong result. Whether you class it as a home race, I don`t know, but I don`t have to say too much given the links to the country, so all eyes are going to be on us,” Di Resta was quoted, as saying.

"I`m sure up and down the paddock teams have Indian investment somewhere, but for us our name kind of gives it away. There are 1.4billion people in India, so as a driver you have to feel privileged to be taking part in the first Indian Grand Prix for Force India,” he added.

"With it being such a big weekend for us it means there`s going to be a lot of pressure on us. But we`re going to do what we normally do, which is maximise what we have as a package and do what we can. At the end of the day it`s the same number of points that are up for grabs," Di Resta said.

ANI