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di Resta deserves F1 opportunity, says McNish

Allan McNish: 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.

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."

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Motor Racing Fan - Unregistered

October 31, 2010 11:34 PM

Erm Richard, you clearly don't follow motor racing too closely. Spengler did 2 seasons of Euro F3, best result 11th in the championship. di Resta was Euro F3 champion, beating his team-mate to the title -- a bloke called Sebastian Vettel. BTW, F3 cars are single-seaters in case you didn't even know that.

MT Motorsport - Unregistered

October 31, 2010 9:50 PM

There is a connection between Paul's DTM drive and Force India, Mercedes. His performances are being closely monitored by those who are in a position to place the driver. There are other drvers probably on a par with Paul for ability but you can't have everyone in F1 so there has to be some that lose out. I for one would love to see Paul get his shot at a full season in F1 and at Force India he may just get that due to them being one of the teams where the driver does not have to wholly buy his seat. As a Scot, I would love to see another Scottish driver in there, which would mean also, another Brit to shout for. Fingers crossed.

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