Mercedes would consider Di Resta if Schumacher left

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Paul di Resta, Force India, Barcelona, 2012In the round-up: Mercedes’ Nick Fry says the team would look into running Paul di Resta if Michael Schumacher chose not to continue in F1.


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Mercs: Di Resta on our radar (Sky)

Nick Fry: “Of course Paul’s on our radar. He’s done a fantastic job, he’s a nice guy, he’s great team player and he would be one of the drivers undoubtedly that, if Michael were to decide he didn’t want to continue, we would look at. But we haven’t reached that time yet in our thinking but we have all got a lot of admiration for Paul.”

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“All the corners are difficult in their different ways, but the most challenging has to be the first chicane around the Swimming Pool. It is the fastest corner on the track, flat out in fifth gear in qualifying at about 150mph. It is enormously impressive to drive through there. You cannot afford to get it even slightly wrong, because if you do you have a big, big shunt.”

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Caterham F1 Aero Test (Amitmandalia)

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Massa’s slump has created ‘difficult situation’ at Ferrari, says Alesi (Daily Mail)

“It was so great to see him come back after his terrible accident in Hungary a couple of years ago, but at the moment it?s a difficult situation for everyone.”

Taki Inoue via Twitter

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Is This Lewis Hamilton’s New Zonda? (Jalopnik)

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Comment of the day

AdrianMorse anticipates this weekend’s race:

I think Monaco is the most interesting race on the calendar when it comes to strategy, especially since one stop may not be enough. Last year Vettel looked set to make it work (by accident, if I recall correctly, because the plan was to go super soft for the second stint as well), but several others failed to make it work, resulting in the huge pile-up that caused the much-lamented red flag. Moreover, with the soft compound softer than last year, a one-stopper could prove even more challenging this year.

What might make this year?s Monaco even more interesting is that the gaps between the teams are so small. Last year, the front runners could pull out a big gap in the first 15 laps, and pit safely without having to worry about rejoining behind, say, Felipe Massa who is doing a long first stint on the soft tyres. On every other track, the combination of fresher tyres, KERS and DRS give the attacking driver at least a good chance of getting by. At Monaco, however, an ill-timed or slow stop (oh dear McLaren…) could completely ruin a race.

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62 comments on Mercedes would consider Di Resta if Schumacher left

  1. Red D said on 22nd May 2012, 12:05

    Just thought of this as a scenario. probably wont happen but what if schumacher retires (goes and buys the nurburgring or something because he can) and they sign di resta for 2013+14. I think vettel’s contract runs out after 2014, so if red bull and merc become more or less equal it would be very interesting to see him there with rosberg. I do remember finger boy saying that he wanted to drive for merc at some point

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd May 2012, 13:35

    Sounds about right to be honest regarding Di Resta. He has that connection with Mercedes via his DTM roots and FI’s engine supplier. I thought it was pretty much the plan anyway. I don’t see who else Mercedes would go with either.

  3. claudioff (@claudioff) said on 22nd May 2012, 14:02

    The Silly Season started quite early this year…

  4. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 22nd May 2012, 14:15

    Re: the draft at Indy. If they’re smart, they’ll let it carry them instead of playing back-and-forth. Save fuel in the draft during the final stint and wait until everyone else is struggling. Then pounce. Most years it’s a game of who times it right on fuel, so I bet you right now hanging out in the draft will be crucial.

  5. Lothario said on 22nd May 2012, 21:49

    I asked Paul Hembury on Twitter recently, ‘Should quali tyres be reintroduced, what colour would you make them?’ and he replied ‘Purple’.

    Now that these ‘Q3-only tyres’ are being rumoured to being introduced, maybe Purple tyres???

  6. Nickpkr said on 22nd May 2012, 22:31

    Also Grojean and Kobayashi are doing better than Paul, if Paul doesn’t make a podium this year will stay in FI and no much more than Sutil career.

  7. Denis 68 said on 22nd May 2012, 23:59

    If a driver takes 4 years to win the GP2 Championship (Maldonado which is the f1 feeder series) he is deemed a failure. If a driver takes 4 years to win the DTM Championship he is deemed to be a superstar and get’s volted straight into F1.

    Don’t get me wrong I believe Di Resta is a very competent F1 driver but I believe we need to see a bit more from him before he get’s a Mercedes drive. I also believe there are a number of young drivers who are just as good as him (Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Vergne, Ricciardo, Perez and Kobayashi) to name a few.

  8. schumitoo (@schumitoo) said on 23rd May 2012, 12:05

    Di Resta is British I believe? That should suit Mr. Fry nicely, not so? Perhaps Mr. Fry should step up the messing with Michael’s races, not to mention with his car, and perhaps our good Mr. Fry will achieve his OBJECTIVE a lot sooner … that is, getting rid of Michael Schumacher !

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 23rd May 2012, 14:54

      Quite a stretch there…you figure Fry is sabotaging MS’s season? How do you figure he is doing that with MS’s great friend Brawn at the helm? Upon what are you basing this accusation toward Fry ie. what has MS done to him? Are you suggesting it is just a nationality thing? You figure he wants a British driver on a German based team? Or is there some other motivation for such a conspiracy as you suggest?

  9. The Limit said on 23rd May 2012, 17:18

    I have to agree! Michael Schumacher’s return to F1 has been disappointing, almost as bad as Nigel Mansell’s in the mid 1990’s. Recent negative comments about the tyres have highlighted that Michael is not at all happy with life in the sport he once dominated. In that I believe is Schumacher’s problem, ‘once dominated’, every thing is in the past tense. Yes he has his records, records that may never be broken, but its Schumacher’s future that is the concern. He hasn’t enjoyed the return to F1 that say, Kimi Raikkonen has, recently. In saying that, he is a decade older than Raikkonen.
    We have to be realistic, Michael Schumacher whether he likes it or not has to quit sometime. He started his career racing against Senna and Prost, an era that is two decades old now. The drivers he raced against in the early nineties are either dead or long since retired, leaving F1 for younger talents to express themselves. Schumacher has not disgraced himself by coming back, he is a legend whether one likes or loathes him, but the writing is as they say on the wall.

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