Adrian Sutil believes that his former Force India team mate Paul di Resta deserves a place in Formula One.
Sutil was speaking after Force India decided to ditch the pair as they opted to sign the team of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez for the the 2014 season.
The German told Sky Sports: "It is a shame, he is a grown up driver, but he will know how to deal with it. There is no question he deserves a drive in Formula 1, he is a really good guy and I think it is important that he continues to work on himself and doesn't give up."
Hope of an F1 seat is not all lost for di Resta as there is one vacant position at Marussia alongside Jules Bianchi and two seats at Caterham up for grabs. Although it would be a step down from Force India di Resta could try his luck with a team towards the back of the grid or he could look to race elsewhere.
Sutil found himself out of a job in F1 after being axed at the end of 2011, he opted for a year on the sidelines but kept himself in shape and in contact with the team throughout 2012. Referring to his year out the 30-year-old said: "I don't think you should say that once you are out of F1 you will never go back as this is the wrong attitude. There is always a solution and a way to come back."
If he feels a year on the sidelines isn't for him Di Resta could find himself back in DTM over in Germany where he was highly successful. He almost took the championship at his first attempt but then went one better the year after and caught they eye of the F1 world.
After testing for Force India at the end of 2009 and again throughout 2010 Di Resta found himself in the car on a full time basis in 2011.
He has enjoyed three years as a race driver for the team with a best finish of fourth coming in Bahrain in the early stages of 2013.
Adrian Sutil will drive for Sauber this season alongside Esteban Gutierrez.
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