Di Resta considering IndyCar switch

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Paul di Resta, Force India, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Paul di Resta says he could move to IndyCar if he loses his F1 seat.

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Paul di Resta may leave F1 as competition for seats accelerates (The Guardian)

“I’ve always been slightly concerned about the safety of it [IndyCar], but sitting down and looking at it logically, it’s a serious option to look elsewhere because of the success [cousin Dario Franchitti] has had.”

Alonso fears Red bull domination (BBC)

“Red Bull has a one-second advantage, so they can put whatever exhaust blowing or engine in their car and they are still on pole.”

Fernando Alonso: “I’m world champion of the rest…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Entering Q3 is difficult, entering the points is difficult, so we need to improve for the next race. But in a way I secured second place in the drivers? world championship today, which I think with the actual car we have is world champion of the rest.”

Letting go of F1 (F1)

Mark Webber on Helmut Marko’s claim his rift with Sebastian Vettel began when the pair collided in the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix: “He?s wrong. It was a good fight with Lewis (Hamilton) and Seb. Actually it wasn?t Lewis? best time in that Safety Car phase back then. There was no serious issue with Seb.”

Formula One shareholder CVC puts brake on flotation plan (Reuters)

“‘One day we’d like to float the company,’ CVC co-chairman Donald Mackenzie told reporters as he left court after giving evidence in a damages case involving Ecclestone. ‘We’ve got no plans to do that in the imminent future.’”

Button aims to end torrid season on high note (The Telegraph)

“I don’t think we’re far off the pace of any car apart from Red Bull, and maybe the Lotus of (Romain) Grosjean is a bit too far ahead.”

Staff loss a threat to Red Bull – Brawn (Autosport)

“There will be a change. I don’t think any team can lose someone of [Peter Prodromou's] calibre without it having an impact.]

Ferrari knew of Kimi injury (Sky)

Stefano Domenicali: “Of course we know the situation. With the specific situation of Kimi there will be no problem at all.”

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105 comments on Di Resta considering IndyCar switch

  1. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 20th November 2013, 12:10

    Also, if you look at the amount of points, this is di Resta’s best season …

  2. dkpioe said on 20th November 2013, 13:38

    hulkenburg has been fast this year, but back at FI next year he might look mediocre and only a match for his teammate. If he thrashes Sutil next year, then it will be confirmed that he is potentially great. his performances in previous seasons wasn’t that great so that is why some teams aren’t all that convinced. he is on a roll now, so lets see how he goes next year, other great drivers have that momentum from the start of their f1 career, hulkenburg hasn’t, so maybe he is the next Jarno Trulli instead of the next Michael Schumacher.

    • Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 20th November 2013, 13:58

      I think that the second half of last year’s season was just as impressive as the second half of this season.
      He beat Di Resta last year, and Hulkenberg had not even raced in 2011.

      He is a great driver, there’s no denying that. I think he lacks some skills that are required in a top team (understanding of the car, feedback, I don’t know), otherwise I can’t explain why other teams never choose him in the end.

  3. I can see DiResta’s spin if he does lose his seat “Well, I’ve already beat the 4x WDC when we were teammates. I’m looking for a new challenge.”

    Pity if he does lose his seat, he’s far more competent then at least half the drivers on the grid. I’d rate him higher than Sutil, who is even more of a bore than PDR :)

  4. Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 21st November 2013, 19:42

    I have a quote for Alonso: “If you ain’t first, your last.”

    Lol.

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