Paul di Resta will participate in the marathon for the fourth time in a row with the British team.
Paul di Resta returns to Le Mans. It has been announced on Monday that the 34-year-old British driver from Scotland will race in his fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans race. As in the previous outings, he will drive for United Autosports in the LMP2 category.
Paul di Resta reacts on the announcement: “It’s great news to announce that we are going back to the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s nice to be part of that journey again and trying to retain the win that we got with Phil and Filipe last year. It’s obviously a different set up this year, but it’ll be interesting to see how it goes with my new team mates when they are announced.”
“I think it’s good that the ACO has taken action early with changing the date of the race to allow people to prepare. I’m definitely looking forward to going racing again. LMP2 looks very strong once again and Le Mans is the best race in the world to get to grips with, so it can’t come soon enough. Till then I’ll be doing as much as I can to get integrated into the team again and with my new teammates. I really appreciate the efforts from both Richard and Zak to get me back into it.”
One of team principals Zak Brown adds: “It made sense to have Paul as part of our Le Mans team for 2021. After what he achieved last year alongside Phil and Filipe, it’s great to see him back to defend that win.”
Another team principal Richard Dean also shares his thoughts: “I’m pleased we can welcome Paul back into the team, he played such an important role in our success at the 24 hours last year and in securing our first WEC title in 2020. Le Mans is the big one and we want to make sure that we can defend our win from last year, so having three great line-ups is an important step towards that goal.”
Paul di Resta and the no.22 United Autosports team have finished 4th and 1st in Le Mans in 2019 and 2020 respectively and has not finished the race in 2018.