Paul di Resta desires to see out profession with Peugeot

Ex-Formulation 1 racer di Resta was one in all six unique signings when the French producer revealed the driving force roster for its return to the highest class of endurance racing final 12 months with the all-new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar.

He made his race debut for Peugeot in July’s Monza spherical, sharing the #93 entry with fellow grand prix racing veteran Jean-Eric Vergne and teen Mikkel Jensen.

Regardless of being a comparatively late convert to sportscar racing, having spent spells within the DTM both facet of his F1 stint, di Resta advised Motorsport.com that he now envisages staying at Peugeot within the WEC for a few years to come back.

Requested if he may see himself staying there till the top of his profession, he replied: “Sure, completely. That was clear for me after I arrived. 

“You’d all the time prefer to have arrived a bit earlier, however I simply turned 36 so I believe I’ve an excellent few years left in me. That is the place I see the longer term being.”

 

Di Resta obtained his first expertise of sportscar racing in 2018 with LMP2 outfit United Autosports, as long-time employer Mercedes introduced its intention to give up the DTM on the finish of that season.

After one remaining DTM marketing campaign with R-Motorsport, di Resta switched to the WEC full-time in 2019-20, successful Le Mans alongside teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson, earlier than being signed by Peugeot in late 2020.

Reflecting on a profession that additionally yielded the 2010 DTM title and a subsequent three-season spell in F1 with Power India, di Resta stated: “I wouldn’t change what I’ve completed till now. Once I was 23, 24 I had completely zero curiosity in sportscars. 

“Everybody all the time talked about Le Mans, however till you go there and expertise it…now it’s a spotlight of the 12 months and I find it irresistible. However as a result of I used to be with Mercedes, I had by no means been to a Le Mans till I raced at Le Mans. So I had no thought what I used to be lacking earlier than.”

Talking concerning the environment inside Peugeot, di Resta stated he didn’t discover the “very French” nature of the Satory-based outfit in any respect off-putting by way of his integration contained in the staff.

“This staff is totally very French, I’m shocked how French it was after I first joined, the affect it has,” he admitted. “However they’ve an extended historical past, they’ve lots of people they’re counting on from their final [LMP1] programme who’ve given them success. 

 

“There’s a number of French chatter that I don’t perceive, however on the similar time I belief them to inform me the knowledge I have to know. And it was introduced up early on that it was one factor that will not cease my development in any approach.

“We’ve got two French drivers [Vergne and Loic Duval], however we’re all there collectively doing the identical factor. And since we have been all signed up so early and we’ve been working collectively so lengthy, we’re all getting alongside.”

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