Berger: Toro Rosso eyed di Resta years ago

Paul di Resta’s Formula One career almost got off to a flying start a few years ago.

The 25-year-old Scot is currently enjoying his first year’s racing in Formula One and is hoping to stay on with Force India next season. His career however seemed on a fast track at the end of 2006, when he beat his teammate Sebastian Vettel to the coveted F3 Euroseries title – and it was then that di Resta caught the attention of former Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger.

“Franz Tost and I considered signing him years ago,” the Austrian great revealed to Sportmagazin. “He has great potential.”

That is not Berger’s only regret from his days with Toro Rosso – another is signing the multiple Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais.

“I was wrong about him,” said the former Ferrari and McLaren driver. “He came from America where he had won everything, but Formula One was just too fast for him.

“The late braking was too much for him,” added Berger.


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