Di Resta unveils new Force India car

  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 11:24 GMT

Paul di Resta helped take the wraps off Force India's new Formula 1 challenger at Silverstone on Friday morning but there was no word on who will be the Scot's team-mate.

Paul Di Resta: Unveils the new Force India car
Paul Di Resta: Unveils the new Force India car

The seat alongside Di Resta, who is preparing for his third season with the team, is one of only three currently remaining on the grid for next season.

Jules Bianchi, who was Force India's third driver in 2012, was widely expected to be formally announced as a race driver for 2013, but the Frenchman was instead present at the launch of the new Ferrari at Maranello, due to being part of the Italian team's driver academy.

When asked about the identity of their new driver at the launch, deputy team principal Robert Fearnley told the assembled media: "We do not want to confuse the two stories."

With the VJM06, Force India will be looking to build on a 2012 season that saw them finish seventh in the Constructors' Championship thanks to a series of impressive drives from Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who has left to join Sauber.

The car is the third of the four 2013 cars unveiled so far to have foregone the use of the stepped nose which was such a prominent feature of the 2012 season.

So far only Lotus' E21 has featured a step-nose design.

Force India also announced the arrival of Dutch watchmaker TW Steel as their official timing partner.

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