Expect Sebastian Vettel to rule next year too: Di Resta

Published: 22 November, 2013 00:18 IST | Amit Kamath |

New rules and changes of car engines notwithstanding, four-time World Champion will reign next year too, says Force India driver

In the last four years, Sebastian Vettel has ruled Formula One in a manner reminiscent of the legendary Michael Schumacher. However, the Red Bull driver’s dominance has come in for criticism from some quarters, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton even saying that it was making the sport ‘boring’.

Sebastian Vettel and Paul di Resta
Sebastian Vettel; Inset: Paul di Resta. Pics/Getty Images

And if Sahara Force India’s (SFI) Paul di Resta is to be believed, the German driver’s ‘boring’ reign in the sport is set to continue in the next season too despite the impending changes in engines and rules.

“I don’t think that the new engines and the new rules, which come into effect from next season, will help in creating a level-playing field. For the first few races maybe the teams will be more evenly matched, but things will be back to normal as the season plays on,” Di Resta predicted.

F1 will adopt 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged units from next season instead of the current 2.4-litre V8 engines. “Yes, it (Vettel’s dominance) is not the best thing to see from the spectators’ point of view, but Red Bull has been doing a great job with their car at the moment and Sebastian himself has been brilliant,” he told MiD DAY from Sao Paulo yesterday.

While Vettel’s future in the sport seems assured, Di Resta himself faces an uncertain few weeks ahead, at least until SFI announces its line-up for next season.

Rumour has it that Di Resta will be vying with current teammate Adrian Sutil, former Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren discard Sergio Perez for the two spots in SFI. The Scot goes into the last race of the current season in 10th place (48 points) with Hulkenberg (47 points) and Perez (41 points) hot on his tail.

However, that uncertainty will not play on Di Resta’s mind come Sunday. “It (securing a 2014 seat) is not on my mind when I race. But it will be nice to be racing next year considering I’ve put in a lot of hard work in the last three years for the team.

The decision (on which drivers to pick for next season) is for Force India’s stakeholders to take.  “I feel like I’m an asset for the team and I’ve had a very successful year,” he added. 

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