Paul di Resta’s decision to join Jenson Button’s management company has only strengthened rumours that the Scotsman could be close to agreeing a move to McLaren should Lewis Hamilton leave for Mercedes. Di Resta’s decision to join Sports Partnership Management has been seen as taking a huge leap to making the move to McLaren.
Button and di Resta are good friends away from the track and the current McLaren driver has spoken in glowing terms about the Scotsman, but, despite F1 betting previews fanning the flames, stopped short of talking up rumours linking him with Hamilton’s seat.
“I spend a lot of time with Paul. We train a lot together; we spend a lot of time cycling in the south of France together. I think he is very, very talented and he has got his head screwed on. That is the important thing. It’s not for me to say who he should be driving for, though.”
"But with Paul I think it is great. He is like a sponge; he is always willing to learn. It is scary from my point of view, but it is exciting I think.”
Di Resta has cut his Formula One teeth at Force India, impressing hugely in a limited car and reportedly catching the eye of a number of the bigger teams. With the ongoing contract issue surrounding Hamilton at McLaren, di Resta’s name is favourite with many over who could replace the 2008 world champion if he ends his stay with the Woking team.
Sergio Perez and Heikki Kovalainen are another two names linked with McLaren, but there is still some who maintain Hamilton will eventually put an end to all the talk and sign a new contract.
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