Paffett not bitter to miss out on F1 seat

(L to R): Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India F1 Third Driver with Gary Paffett (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 Test Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday 9 September 2010.

Gary Paffett with Paul di Resta

Aug.19 (GMM) DTM star Gary Paffett insists he is not bitter or resentful despite sitting on the sidelines while his main 2010 DTM rival is now hot property in formula one.

Paffet, under long term contract to Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM, is also a test and reserve driver at top F1 team McLaren.

Last year in DTM, the 30-year-old Briton finished second to Paul di Resta, the rookie Scot who now drives for Force India and is tipped as a future driver for Mercedes’ works team.

“I find it hard to say that formula one is only the secondary thing for me, but it is a fact that I’m there, I’m a part of a big team and my job is to help them to win races,” he told Germany’s

Paffett insists he has not given up on his F1 dream.

“No, definitely not,” he said. “The longer I’m there, the more experienced I am. I don’t see why a 30-year-old is no longer suitable for a regular seat in formula one. That’s still my goal and if an offer comes, I will definitely think seriously about it.”

At the same time, he insists he has been happy to see di Resta impress in 2011.

“I’m happy for him because he’s a good friend. If I was bitter about some of the opportunities my rivals have had that I have not then I would not survive. Motor sport is a difficult business that is not just about how fast you can drive,” said Paffett.

  • Evel

    Poor Gary, it must be one of the worst times to be looking for an F1 seat with so many talented youngsters around at the moment. I really wish he’d be given a chance to prove what he’s made of.
    He’s been loyal to and done done such a great job for McLaren for so long, I wish they would give him a Friday practice session or two if and after the championship is decided with races to spare.
    It was really looking like he’d race for them alongside Alonso in 2007 but then Hamilton won the GP2 title and spoiled his party.
    He’s really been unlucky not to find a race seat and I think he really deserves a shot at showing what he’s got.