Paul di Resta of Force India has been rather anonymous in this year’s edition of the Silly Season. The reason? No one really knows. He’s a perfectly capable, if not world championship-caliber driver that any midfield team would do well to sign. So why, when all the empty seats left are in midfield teams (apart from Lotus), do we never hear about di Resta being on a team’s radar? We aren’t exactly starting to sound like broken records.
The future is certainly shrouded in mystery for Paul di Resta — at least in F1.
Luckily, though, some family connections in America could very well land di Resta in Indycar next season, as it just so happens that he is cousins with one recently retired Dario Franchitti. Speaking to The Guardian about his future prospects, di Resta admitted that “[Indycar] is a serious option.”
Franchitti recently announced his retirement from racing after serious injuries from a crash in the Houston Grand Prix proved too much to overcome fully. The 40-year old thus leaves an extremely desirable seat at Chip Ganassi Racing open for anyone the team wishes to choose. Considering sponsorship in Indycar isn’t hard to come by, securing a seat across the pond must be considered a serious possibility for di Resta.
The Force India driver can also take solace in the fact that Indycar isn’t necessarily a place where F1 careers go to die. Takuma Sato, Sebastian Bourdais and more recently Rubens Barrichello have had great success in Indycar after stints in Formula One.
Indycar doesn’t have quite the prestige of Formula One and the quality of racing could be considered to be on a lesser level; but when push comes to shove and di Resta finds himself without a seat on the 2014 F1 grid, he can be rest assured that Indycar would welcome the Scotsman with open arms.