For Di Resta, he needs a car that is quick enough for him to express his quality as a driver. Only then will he be truly considered for a seat in a top team. To use Perez as a comparison, the Mexican claimed three podium finishes last season in an inconsistent, occasionally brilliant Sauber.
Di Resta must take these chances and prove, as he did on Sunday, that he is worthy of a move. After all, Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari
could well have seats up for grabs next in 2014.
Alonso needs stroke of Renault fortune
It seems criminal that such a talent as Fernando Alonso
has not claimed a drivers' title for more than six seasons now. What must sit even worse with the Spaniard is that he could and maybe should have had at least three more since his back-to-back title wins in 2005 and 2006.
His move to McLaren
in 2007 was soaked in controversy as Alonso felt he was not getting the backing he deserved in his fight with rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton. In house squabbling and the two drivers will to beat each other meant that Kimi Raikkonen
in his Ferrari
stole the title from under their noses on the final day of the season. Had Alonso had the backing that a world champion deserved that year, the title would have been his.
2010, and perhaps the biggest drop of all. Alonso was comfortably leading the standings heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi. Mark Webber
was his closest challenger on points, and Ferrari
opted to concentrate on his progress in the race. Ferrari
responded to a Webber stop, bringing in Alonso at a similar time, only to feed him back out behind the Renault
of Vitaly Petrov. That was game over. Alonso could not pass the pacey Russian and Sebastian Vettel
went on to claim the title.
Last year perhaps wasn't Alonso's to lose, but heck did he deserve it. He wrestled an uncompetitive Ferrari
to three wins and twelve podium finishes, but still lost out to the raw pace of the Red Bull
by just three points. Twice he was also taken out on first corner incidents that were no fault of his own.
Wind back to 2005, where Kimi Raikkonen's challenge was hounded by reliability issues and to 2006 when Schumacher's Ferrari
went up in smoke in Suzuka. How Alonso could do with this kind of fortune to supplement his incredible talent. Alonso has earned the right for a dose of small fortune and already looks like he may need some this season.
by Dan Connor