Paul di Resta says he would be open to chasing the vacant Chip Ganassi racing IndyCar seat for 2014 if his Formula 1 opportunities dried up.
The retirement of di Resta’s four-time IndyCar champion cousin Dario Franchitti on medical grounds has prompted several F1 drivers to cast an eye toward Ganassi. Force India driver di Resta has yet to secure an F1 seat for 2014, and while he says he wants to stay in grand prix racing, he admitted interest in the Ganassi seat.
“I wouldn’t rule out anything. I’ve openly said I would discuss it with Dario,” said di Resta. “At this point, I’m still in the running for the seat here [at Force India], at least I would certainly like to think I am. There are obviously a few other options with interest.
“The primary objective for me is to stay in Formula 1. But more importantly, it’s to stay driving because I’ve got a lot to offer. I’m still young, I’ve got plenty of fire left in me. I’ve won championships and I hope I’ll continue to win races.”
Di Resta moved into the DTM with Mercedes rather than staying in open-wheelers after winning the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series title. He then used the 2010 DTM crown as a springboard into F1 with Force India.
The Scot, who is also understood to have options to return to the DTM, said that experience proved that it would be possible to return to F1 at a later date even if he raced elsewhere in 2014.
“People always said I’d never make it from where I was in the DTM all those years ago,” said di Resta. “I got here through my potential and because I delivered.”