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Paul di Resta

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Scott Webber, May 10, 2012.

  1. Scott Webber

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    Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Ferrari to look at Paul di Resta as a replacement for Felipe Massa as he would be a "very good target."

    Di Resta entered Formula One last season with Force India and has made steady progress, culminating in a sixth-place finish last time out in Bahrain, a repeat of his career-best achieved in Singapore last year.
    The 26-year-old's solid results, coupled with his long-time DTM relationship with Mercedes, have led to rumours that he could be off to the German manufacturer's F1 team next season.
    However, triple World Champion Stewart reckons Ferrari would do well to snap up the Scot, who could learn a great deal from Fernando Alonso.
    "Alonso is almost at his peak and to have a young driver such as di Resta be an understudy to Alonso is something I'd consider if I was at Ferrari."

    Pressed as to whether di Resta has what it takes to win a Formula One World title, Stewart said: "It's difficult to know.
    "He has got an enormous amount of talent. I hope Scotland doesn't ask too much too soon from him.
    "You've got to be with a top-class team in order to win, you can't do that with a second-rate team.
    "Force India are trying hard to be a first-rate team but they're not there yet.

    "Paul has been leading that team to better results. I think he's got every chance.

    "We've got a great history of drivers, for a small country we are punching above our weight and Paul di Resta is the present generation of that."
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  2. Dave Stephenson

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    noooo, It may be a good move for Paul but I have to instinctively start hating him if he goes to Ferrari.

    For the same reasons Perez should stay with Sauber. Who, and I don't know if it was posting yet elsewhere, are about to get an injection of millions from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovic. Good times down there it seems.
     
  3. David Jundt

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    Collaboration doesn't mean getting pumped with millions, Dave. The press release didn't sound like they'll be receiving millions.
     
  4. Chris Jenkins

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    This will never happen.
    Di Resta is firmly under Norbert Haug's wing and lined up for Schumacher's seat when Michael retires again.
     
  5. Danny Asbury

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    But what if there's some actual traction to Mercedes' claims to leave F1? Hangs Paul out in the cold then...
     
  6. Chris Jenkins

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    That won't happen. Empty threats much like Ferrari have done at every concorde agreement negotiation over the years.
     
  7. David Jundt

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    Hmm yeah, impossible like Toyota, Honda and BMW.

    OH WAIT.

    Just kidding:p
     
  8. Hampus Andersson

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    I hope this happens. Di Resta is an awesome driver, i love his "old soul" he seems to have, always very professional etc.
    It´s like he´s been in F1 for years yet it´s his second year only.

    3 if you count the testing year doing some free practices.

    The fact that he has a contract with Mercedes says nothing really. It can be solved with money or Mercedes simply letting him go to Ferrari.
     
  9. Chris Preston

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    Funny that Sir Jackie Stewart just said this. I remember saying on the forums way back when (October 1st 2011) on a thread saying Ferrari was considering Perez for 2013 http://www.racedepartment.com/forum/threads/ferrari-considering-perez-for-2013.37428/ :

    "Can't believe I went through all the posts and Di Resta's name only come up once?! He's finished 6th, 7th, and 8th in four races picking up 18 points in that time and is showing he can still compete even in a Force India car. I can't find the interview anymore but someone from Toro Rosso said that he was the most promising young driver out there and said he wishes he was on his team. Give him two more years and I wouldn't doubt he'd be a serious consideration for Ferrari or even Mercedes since Shumi will most likely retire at the end of the next season."

    After his great result in Bahrain he helps prove my point even more. I think Di Resta is a great driver and I've always wished the best for him. Since my post though I have to admit I think Mercedes is a more likely place to go because of his relationship with them, however he's still got the qualifications to land a spot at Ferrari.
     
  10. John Robertson

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    I can't see Di Resta leaving a Mercedes powered car. Also, anyone would be completely stupid to join Ferrari after their early season performance. How long can they hide behind Alonso's talent? Also how many WDC's could Alonso have won at red bull or mclaren over the past few years.
     
  11. Hampus Andersson

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    When was the last time Mclaren took home a WCC title? 1998.
    They won their last WDC title in 2008. That year Ferrari took the WCC from them.
    And Ferrari is just one year behind in terms of WDC´s with Kimi´s 07 title.
    So it doesn´t really matter how fast or slow your car is if you can´t win titles with it.

    We should also not count out Ferrari just yet, they are just 10 points away from Vettel and they have a raft of upgrades to Barcelona.
     
  12. Scott Webber

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    Di Resta on Mercedes' radar to replace Schumacher
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    Mercedes CEO Nick Fry has admitted that Paul di Resta would "undoubtedly" be one of the drivers that the team would consider to replace Michael Schumacher.


    Schumacher has had a poor season so far, scoring just two points despite the Mercedes W03 having proven itself to be a race-winning car in the hands of Nico Rosberg. With Schumacher's contract up at the end of this season, Fry admitted that di Resta would be near the top of the list to replace him if the seven-time world champion decided not to sign a new deal.


    With Schumacher only having finished two races this season and yet to cross the line higher than tenth, Fry admitted an upturn in fortunes was likely to be needed in order for him to continue racing.

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  13. Ho3n3r

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    Could be good. Although they can't ask Schumacher to up his game if all bar one of his retirements were caused by Merc, when he was in good positions(3rd and 2nd).
     
  14. Bram

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    When MSC decides to retire Paul would be a very logical replacement. Has been with Mercedes so long now.

    For sure a nice combination: Di Resta & Rosberg

    Personally I hope MSC will stay at least another year though.
     
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  15. Chris Jenkins

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    Paul DiResta and Anthony Hamilton have parted ways.
    Very strange as Hamilton was leading the talks with Mercedes about Paul replacing Schumacher.
    I wonder if this is an early indication that Paul might be looking outside Mercedes? Ferrari perhaps? As reported earlier in the year.
     
  16. Dmitry Zaharov

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    Must be McLaren, then split with Antony looks logical
     
  17. Chris Jenkins

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    How is that logical?
    Neither Hamilton or Button are going anywhere
     
  18. Kevin Endermann

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    Hamilton could move as he still hasn't signed a new contract with McLaren for next season.
     
  19. Chris Jenkins

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    There's nowhere for him to go.
    Webber's probably staying at Red Bull, Hamilton won't go to Ferrari, Mercedes is a step backwards.
     
  20. Tony Holder

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    I agree Chris. It now looks like Hamilton is going nowhere.

    Can't see Di Resta going to Ferrari in 2013. Maybe Mercedes.