Bob Fernley: 'Paul di Resta could be world champion'

Formula 1 driver Paul Di Resta on February 1, 2013
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Force India's Bob Fernley believes that Paul di Resta could be a Formula 1 world champion with the right car.

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said that Paul di Resta could be a Formula 1 world champion given the right car.

The Scot narrowly missed out on his first podium finish in F1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, having been overtaken by Lotus's Romain Grosjean in the closing stages of the race.

Fernley told Sky Sports News: "Absolutely, there is no reason why he and a number of others would not have as well, but certainly Paul could.

"Probably at least 50% of the drivers on the grid today, given the right car and package, would be a world champion, because they are some quality drivers."

The result leaves the 27-year-old eighth in the driver rankings.

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1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0