Paul di Resta’s hopes of returning to the Formula 1 grid depend on him securing a key role in 2014.
That is the claim of fellow Scot and former grand prix winner, David Coulthard.
Having lost his Force India seat after three seasons in Formula 1, 27-year-old di Resta has returned to the scene of his 2010 title win driving for Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM.
It is believed the DTM role could involve di Resta becoming the German squad’s new Formula 1 Reserve Driver.
“Mercedes are well aware that [Formula 1] is where I want to be, and I have their full support,” he said in January. “We’ll see how it goes, but at the moment there is nothing.”
Former McLaren and Red Bull driver Coulthard, now a commentator for British television, believes that Mercedes’ Toto Wolff is wise enough to give di Resta a key Formula 1 role in 2014.
“He (Wolff) knows Paul and brought him in because he knows he can do a job for Mercedes,” Coulthard told The Scotsman newspaper.
“The Formula 1 Test / Reserve role would be a big chance for Paul. I hope he gets that opportunity.
“If he doesn’t, it might be difficult to find his way back into Formula 1, simply because of the political and financial nature of the business,” he added. (GMM)
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