Di Resta could replace cousin Franchitti in Indycar

Dario Franchitti with Paul Di Resta

Dario Franchitti with Paul Di Resta

Paul di Resta could rescue his career in America’s premier open wheel series in 2014, and say goodbye to Formula 1.

Curiously, the retirement of his famous cousin, Dario Franchitti, could have opened up the vacant seat for the Scot, Italiaracing reports.

Fellow West Lothian-born Franchitti, 40, has called time on his career on medical advice, in the wake of his horror crash in Houston recently that caused head and spinal injuries.

“Racing in America is slightly different, isn’t it?” di Resta, who could be replaced after three years at Force India after next week’s Brazilian Grand Prix, said in Austin when asked about his cousin’s retirement.

“In Europe [Dario] is probably under-appreciated,” he is quoted by the Mirror.

“To sit there at 40, having won four Indycar titles and three Indy 500s – I would like to be in that position.”

Italiaracing said that di Resta could be a contender to succeed Franchitti at the Ganassi team.

But the 27-year-old said in Austin that he hopes to stay in Formula 1, even though the 2014 driver market seems to be speeding ahead without him.

“I think it’s very late, given where it all is at the moment – but what can you do?” di Resta said. (GMM)

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  • The Pessimist

    Go away Paul, you will not be missed.

  • The Optimist

    Paul’s not going anywhere!

  • The Realist

    Paul sucks!

  • The Opportunist

    Paul you could go for the vacant Lotus seat!

  • McLarenfan

    Scrap Sutil keep Paul and the Hulk if Maldonado the waste of space is in at Lotus

  • iceman 2.0

    Stay over after the chequered flag. No need to go to Brasil.

  • Tamburello_1994

    I saw this coming weeks ago.

  • ZombieJebus

    Lol, how can anyone justify ditching Di Resta and keeping Sutil? That’s complete madness – or denial! Seriously, look at the points!