Multiple F1 title winner Jackie Stewart says Paul di Resta has the potential to rise to the top of the sport after his fellow Scot produced a battling drive to take his third points finish of the season in Hungary.

Di Resta had enjoyed a series of strong performances in recent races but had been unable to add to the points he secured in the opening two rounds of the season in Australia and Malaysia.

The Scot qualified eleventh on the grid at the Hungaroring but a solid drive saw him take a career best seventh place, leaving him on eight points for the season; ten shy of Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil.

Di Resta's result came despite tough conditions on track in Budapest and Stewart insisted it was further indication that the DTM graduate has what it takes to make a real impression in F1.

"It was a great result for him," he told talkSPORT. "The conditions helped him because he's a jolly good driver. When you're a better driver than some, in wet and difficult conditions that shows up, so he was able to take advantage of that and perhaps be a little higher in the finishing order than he might have been had it been a dry race.

"That shows you he has got the little bit of extra skill because when it comes to rain and slippery conditions that's when real talent is able to be taken advantage of and you see the result accordingly. Paul di Resta has got a happy future ahead of him."


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