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Di Resta: Rivals had easier run to F1

Paul di Resta prepares to resume battle with former rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in 2011
New Force India race driver Paul di Resta has admitted that former F3 rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel enjoyed an 'easier run' into F1 as he prepares to resume battle with the pair this season.

The Scot raced against the pair during the earlier stages of their career and beat Vettel en-route to the Euroseries crown back in 2006.

While Hamilton and Vettel were both fast-tracked into F1 and have since gone on to secure the championship title, di Resta has spent recent seasons competing in the DTM before finally getting the chance to join the grid this year having impressed Force India in his role of test and reserve driver.

Speaking following confirmation of his drive, di Resta admitted that both Hamilton and Vettel had benefitted from the additional backing needed to make it to F1 quickly and said he was excited at the prospect of resuming battle again this year.

"I wouldn't say it's been frustrating, (but) they've had it easier than me," he was quoted by Motorsport.com. "They (Vettel and Hamilton) had different backing and that got them there a bit quicker. Looking at it they were luckier than I am, but I've got there.

"I don't want to sound big-headed, but I wasn't racing them when they won their championships. We've had some great battles in the past. Hopefully I'll get a repeat of that in the future."



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Alan D - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 2:00 PM

Beware of stories that don't come straight from the horses mouth. The key phrase here is: "di Resta has admitted..." so this probably means a journalist said to him "Do you think Hamilton and Vettel have had an easier run into F1 than you have" to which he might have answered "Gee, I don't know, I suppose so" and is then steered into making other statements which can be taken out of context. The hack then writes this up in a way that, although factually correct, makes it look as if di Resta is "mouthing of" and whining. And if all he said was "No comment" then I'm sure it could be written as "di Resta did not deny that he thinks Hamilton and Vettel..."

Sam - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 4:00 PM

This guy seems a bit big-headed. Let's see how the season goes. I feel he's been a bit overrated by the British media/fans, and it would be quite a sight to observe his pompous talk result in an average year. 'They didn't have to face me when they won' Oh yeah?? Well, they had to face Alonso, Button, Each other, Rosberg, Kubica and Shumi(albeit the old version) so I wouldn't be so quick as he seems to be to disparage their success. Earn your stripes son.



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