I don’t dislike him as a person, the hype around di Resta is just annoying. Almost every race, it’s all about Paul and his performance.
To save me having to type out a lengthy response again, this is what I said of hm yesterday:
Paul di Resta is very good at explaining away his and the team’s poor(er) performances in such a way that it is never his (or the team’s) fault. Sometimes he has a genuine point, like when he and Grosjean made contact on the first lap at Silverstone and di Resta wound up in the barriers at Aintree. But if you read any of his post-qualifying or post-race comments (though he mostly does it after qualifying), you will notice just how often he runs into traffic or develops a mechanical problem or the circuit conditions change and the tyres no longer work as well as they once did, and the way they always seem to happen at the most inopportune moment, usually just before he had a chance to set a competitive lap time. He’s always got an answer at the ready, and his misfortune is never his (or the team’s) fault. He’s too smooth, and he goes out of his way to avoid stepping on somebody’s toes, as if he wants everyone to like him, and for them to know that he’s much faster than he appears to be, just in case a drive with a front-running team comes up. To me, he lacks a bit of backbone, as if he’s worried that speaking up when something needs to be said will hurt his career prospects. Just imagine how he would have responded to McLaren’s pit problems at the start of the year – something needed to be said, but Paul di Resta would have been more worried about protecting his seat than fixing the problem. That’s the main reason why I don’t like him.
Then again, I don’t feel Esteban is ready, nor do I particularly like him. He had a very scrappy year in GP2, and will be another Grosjean/Maldonado unless he really cleans up over the winter break.
Sauber should be very good at getting him to clean up his act. They wean their drivers on mental discipline.