Allan McNish has urged the Force India F1 team to give fellow Scot Paul di Resta a chance at the pinnacle of the sport in 2011.
McNish, who competed in F1 with Toyota, told Scottish newspaper, The Daily Record
, that the 24-year-old would do a good job – and could easily outperform current drivers, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi.
"If you look at the mistakes Sutil and Liuzzi have made in the past few races, you would have to say Paul has a good case to be out there,” McNish confirmed.
"Unfortunately, there is a lot of politics in motorsport and F1 is at the very height of that so it is not just about a driver's performance. However, I am hopeful Paul will soon add his name to the list of Scots in F1."
Di Resta meanwhile has a different challenge in Adria, Italy today [Sunday], as he will be looking to extend his lead in the DTM, the German tin-top series.
With two rounds to go he has a three-point cushion over his nearest rival, Bruno Spengler.
So can he do it having missed out in 2008?
"Does he have the mentality? Yes. He has come from behind in the championship and the pressure is now on the others. I would expect him to keep up his form right to the end now,” McNish added. "It is not easy to do two different programmes. Just look at Andy Priaulx. He is a multiple world touring car champion but has found Supercars and GTs tough. Paul though has managed that superbly well."