Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has given his former F3 team-mate Paul di Resta a boost and has said he 'hopes' the Scot gets the chance to compete at the pinnacle of the sport in 2011.
di Resta, who won the DTM drivers' title this year, beat Vettel to the F3 Euro Series crown back in 2006 when they were both with ASM F3 and recently two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said the 24-year-old is actually 'better' than the new F1 world champion [see separate story - click here].
The Brit, who was Force India's test and reserve driver this season, is currently said to be one of four drivers in with a chance of driving for the Silverstone-based outfit in 2011, along with 2010 pairing Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi and Williams refugee Nico Hulkenberg.
"I hope to see you in F1 next year," Vettel said this week as Mercedes held its end of season celebration in Stuttgart to mark its most successful year ever in the DTM. "Hopefully [though,] it will not be as tight as it was in F3!"
Whether he will get the nod is uncertain however, and Crash.net
understands that FIF1 might not change its line-up at all in 2011 now [see separate story - click here].
Indeed Sutil has reiterated that he all but has a deal in the bag, while Liuzzi has long maintained he has a contract for next season.
“We have reached an agreement now,” Sutil told Eurosport
. “The signature is a mere formality, which will happen.
"The drivers who do not have a contract yet want to join the team because it is the best team with an open place.”