@keithcollantine – Didn’t he test for Lotus at the Young Driver Tests this year? I seem to recall him doing quite well for himself.
That said, it could be tricky for him to make the jump. Paul di Resta made the move because he was driving for Mercedes in DTM, and got himself placed at a Mercedes-backed Formula 1 team. Mortara, on the other hand, is driving an Audi, so he’s not going to get much in the way of manufacturer support.
The only way I could see it working – for now – is if Force India took Jules Bianchi in 2013. I’ve heard talk that they’re eyeing off a switch to Ferrari engines in 2014, and in taking Bianchi they could get the same benefit from Ferrari as they did from Mercedes in taking di Resta; namely, an engine subsidy. Ferrari have been decrying the lack of Italian drivers in Formula 1 since Jarno Trulli and Tonio Liuzzi lost their seats this year (as if Formula 1 owes Italy something), but they’ve been unwilling to take a chance on Italian drivers. If Force India became a customer team, then Ferrari could put their money where their mouth is and place Mortara in the team from 2014.
But I think that outcome is highly unlikely.