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."