Di Resta return to Mercedes could include F1 reserve role
21 January, 2014
Although Paul di Resta’s Formula 1 career and his three season stint with Force India is over, the Scot could be in line for a reserve role with Mercedes as he returns to the team’s DTM campaign for 2014.
Mercedes had previously appointed Sam Bird to be their nominated reserve, but Di Resta may be at thetop of a very short list should anything prevent Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton from competing.
Di Resta is not giving up on his F1 ambitions. He told British members of themedia, “I am sad to go but I have had three tremendous years and I’m not leaving because I didn’t perform, there are other issues. I am still young enough to get back in there if the opportunity comes up.”
“Mercedes are well aware that [Formula 1] is where I want to be, and I have their full support,” added Di Resta.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes motorsport boss said, “Paul Di Resta has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz family for many years, and we are delighted that he is returning to the fold this season to further strengthen our DTM squad.”
“Paul has learned a lot during the past few years in Formula 1,” added Wolff.
Di Resta made 58 grand prix starts as a Force India driver and scored 121 points in the process. He made his debut at the 2011 Australian GP and his last race was at the 2013 Brazilian GP. (GP247)
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