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Formula One: Di Resta thinking of dad ahead of debut

Paul di Resta has admitted his Formula One debut this weekend is hard to bear without the man who has been his inspiration by his side.

Father Louis has been Di Resta's guiding light over the years ever since his formative days in karting, enduring the cost as well as providing the encouragement and shoulder to cry on when needed.

However, due to his fear of flying, Louis di Resta felt the long journey to Melbourne was beyond him, and instead will watch Paul on television from his home in Bathgate.

Louis has this week confirmed the first time he will likely see Paul live at a track will be in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix as he will also not travel to Malaysia or China next month.

“It's a hard one,” said 24-year-old Scot Di Resta. “My dad has put equally as much effort into getting here as I ever have. He has sacrificed a lot of his life and been very committed to me.

“Thankfully the television coverage these days is very good, so he will continue to watch on that, and hopefully he will be part of this journey very soon from trackside.

“I've obviously stayed in close contact with him, and I'm sure he will be a proud man sat on his sofa at home. It's just unfortunate we start the season on the other side of the world. I know it was a tough call for him not to come, but at the same time the business is run at home.

“He's a lot of work to do over there, he has to stay committed to that after what he has built up over the years.”

On his first official day as an F1 driver involved in a grand prix weekend, Di Resta sat out the first practice session in favour of reserve Nico Hulkenberg.

At least in the second outing, Di Resta finished ahead of Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil by 0.207 seconds.

Belfast Telegraph