24 drivers in 24 days – fourteen

Obviously the 15 below relates to the car number. There’s no 13 in F1.

#15 – Paul di Resta DTM isn’t the typical route into Formula One, but expensive single-seater racing isn’t always a viable option. After competing very well in F3 Euroseries, Paul departed from the chosen course of fellow competitiors Hamilton and Vettel to go into touring car racing. But DTM isn’t that dissimilar from F1; though slower, it has a similar style and regulations. Last season, di Resta was Force India’s test driver, so he does have recent experience with F1 cars, and he has shown in testing at Abu Dhabi and in Spain that he can set times that compare to those with more experience.
His final season in F3 Euroseries was excellent. He won, in fact, with 11 points on second-placed Sebastian Vettel, and one more win than the German as well. In the four races where the pair shared a podium, Paul finished higher than Sebastian three times. Kamui Kobayashi was also around that season, with an eight-place finish as was Sebastian Buemi (who had one win). Current GP2 drivers Giedo Van Der Garde (6th), Romain Grosjean (13th), Michael Herck (15th) and James Jakes (16th) also took part. As well as his wins he also had five poles and one fastest lap: the first Brands Hatch race was where he got all three.


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