The Secretary of State for Scotland - and Formula One fan - Michael Moore said he was very pleased at the news the Force India team is to give a race seat to the Scottish driver Paul di Resta.
Mr Moore said:
“I am delighted to see Paul reach the pinnacle of his sport by landing a drive with the Force India team. He will be the only Scottish driver competing in Formula One this season and the first since David Coulthard retired.
“The whole country should be proud of him and his achievement.
“Paul is the latest in a long line of Scottish Formula One stars, including the legendary names Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart. I have no doubt the hard work, dedication and speed that Paul has shown throughout his career will stand him in good stead.
“I wish him all the best for the coming season and what I hope will be a long career at the top of his sport.”