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Di Resta on Mercedes' radar to replace Schumacher

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta has scored 13 more points than Michael Schumacher so far this season © Sutton Images
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Mercedes CEO Nick Fry has admitted that Paul di Resta would "undoubtedly" be one of the drivers that the team would consider to replace Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher has had a poor season so far, scoring just two points despite the Mercedes W03 having proven itself to be a race-winning car in the hands of Nico Rosberg. With Schumacher's contract up at the end of this season, Fry admitted that di Resta would be near the top of the list to replace him if the seven-time world champion decided not to sign a new deal.

"Of course Paul's on our radar," Fry confirmed to Sky Sports. "He's done a fantastic job; he's a nice guy, he's a great team player and he'd be one of the drivers undoubtedly that if Michael were to decide he didn't want to continue we would certainly look at. We haven't reached that time yet in our thinking but we all have a lot of admiration for Paul."

With Schumacher only having finished two races this season and yet to cross the line higher than tenth, Fry admitted an upturn in fortunes was likely to be needed in order for him to continue racing.

"Michael's going to want to win. I'm sure if we get to the end of this year and it continues as it has done in the last few races he'll probably be asking himself [if he wants to continue] but there is plenty of time to go and we're not making any decisions yet."