Former Formula One driver Allan McNish has sung Paul di Resta's praises after the Bahrain GP, saying he has what it takes to become a World Champion.
Di Resta put in the performance of his life in the last race as he just missed out on his first podium after coming from fifth on the grid to secure fourth place.
McNish feels the Force India driver can challenge for the Drivers' Championship in future if he is given the right machinery.
"Paul was driving like the old Jackie Stewart," McNish is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It was the 'looking as if you're driving slow but actually driving very fast' approach.
"If someone puts him in the right car he can fight for the World title."
He added: "I think he has developed and grown up.
"He had a difficult winter because he had no team-mate and so he was the one the team looked to for the lead on development, so he had to grow up.
"He's still young and he's still got a lot of years ahead of him. That result in Bahrain will give him a lot of confidence and belief in what he can do inside the car.
"I would say a podium is on the cards at some point of the year - I don't think that's unrealistic."
The Bahrain result took Di Resta's points tally for the season to 20, which helped him to move to eighth in the Drivers' standings and 14 ahead of Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil.
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