Force India's Paul Di Resta has came out and said what maybe more than a few Formula One drivers are thinking. Speaking about Sebastian Vettel in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Di Resta says "another driver in the same car would probably have achieved the same results"
In 2006, Di Resta was a team mate of Vettel's in the Formula 3 Euro Series and beat the future two time F1 world champion. Taking a closer look at the 2006 season, the two drivers were exchanging the points lead throughout, but Vettel's focus wavered towards the end of the year. According to BMW-Sauber's motorsport director Mario Theissen, the loss of form by the German was attributed to the busy schedule Vettel had to undertake as the team's test driver in the last three Grands Prix of the 2006 F1 season.
Putting any excuses aside Di Resta still came out on top and he says "We had the same car, same engine, same tyres and I beat him, I don’t want to diminish Vettel’s achievement (this year), but he won the championship because he had the best car. He did his job, but another driver in the same car would probably have achieved the same results. I hope one day to have the same opportunity."
Both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have also previously made it clear they feel Vettel's achievements are more down to the car rather than the driver. Although there is a difference in Alonso and Hamilton saying it rather than a rookie. It is good to see the usually too reserved Di Resta speak out and shows a lot of belief in his own talents when you consider he is a Formula 1 rookie.
A warning about looking too much into comparing drivers talents and rivalries between F3 and F1. In 1983, the F3 championship went down to the final laps of the last race between two equal cars. The man who won and who could have just as easily lost was arguably the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time, Ayrton Senna. The man who lost and who could just as easily have won was Martin Brundle who never won a single race in Formula 1.