Sept.02 – Ex- British F1 speedy David Coulthard says that Force India’s driver Paul di Resta will stay in F1 for the long-term. The British F1 rookie has impressed this season, with points finishes in his first two races and a career-best result of seventh in Hungarian Grand Prix.
Di Resta is now joint 15th in the Drivers’ Championship with 8 points and tied with fellow 2011 rookie Sergio Pérez.
“I’m delighted,” Coulthard, who retired from F1 at the end of 2008, told the Brands Hatch website of his compatriot. “I knew he was a great driver; I hoped that he would be able to establish himself over the course of the season, but I genuinely didn’t expect him to be able to do that so quickly. There’s no question that he has set the foundation for a good, long career in F1. A lot depends on just how Force India progress and what decisions he makes on where he drives in the future.”
“There’s no question that Gary Paffett has the experience of F1 because he has tested for McLaren for so many years,” Coulthard continued. “I don’t know, with Jenson (Button) and Lewis (Hamilton) there, if he’s ever going to get that chance; but nonetheless if he didn’t that’s a loss, as he would have been a very good F1 driver. As for the others I don’t know how good they were in single seater racing – Vietoris is racing in GP2 and progressing there. There are some people that are more suited to touring cars than single-seaters and you would say, arguably at the moment, that I’ve been better suited to single-seaters than touring cars! But I’m enjoying the journey.”
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