DTM » 14 December 2006
di Resta: Nothing to report.
Despite internet sources claiming otherwise, F3 Euroseries champion Paul di Resta insists that he has yet to be confirmed as a Mercedes driver in next year's DTM.
Sparked by comments from potential rival Casper Elgaard, the Scot has been named in some quarters as the latest addition to the Three-Pointed Star's touring car line-up, but he insists that nothing has been decided, despite having enjoyed a successful test with the series champions recently.
"There is nothing to confirm," di Resta's spokesman told Crash.net, "Mercedes has not made a decision either way, and there are still several options open to me. However, I am pretty confident that something will be sorted in the next couple of weeks."
di Resta, who clinched this year's F3 Euroseries title in a Mercedes-powered ASM Dallara at the final round of the year, tested with the German manufacturer in Portugal last week. Up against F3 rivals Yelmer Buurman and Esteban Guerrieri as well as Danish touring car ace Elgaard, the Scot apparently impressed and, without the immediate backing to chase a GP2 seat, is including a switch to tin-tops among his plans for 2007.
Quite where he would slot into the line-up remains to be seen, however, with only Jean Alesi definitely stepping down. Mika Hakkinen's future remains in the balance, but Norbert Haug is confident that the Finn will return to the AMG fold. Former champion Gary Paffett is also being tipped to return to keep his hand in ahead of a potential F1 graduation in 2008, possibly with Prodrive. To further restrict the possible options open to di Resta, ASM's proposed entry to the DTM has been canned to allow the French operation to concentrate on its single-seater campaigns in GP2, as ART Grand Prix, and F3.
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