Bortolotti open to DTM seat in 2012
11 October 2011 – Newly-crowned Formula 2 Champion Mirko Bortolotti says a move away from single seater racing is not out of the question in 2012, with the Italian driver keen to assess a range of options prior to the new season. The popular DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) championship is one that the 21-year-old is considering, with Force India rookie Paul di Resta an example of how it can provide a strong platform for F1.
"You always try to think about next year," Bortolotti explained to GPUpdate.net. "The problem with motor racing is that you never know what’s going to happen. Even if you have a very good season as it was for us, the future is always open so we have to try and use the next couple of weeks and months to get a good programme, as we did for 2011.
"There are some categories I like, even if we do not reach the main target of F1, for example GP2 or the World Series by Renault (Formula Renault 3.5). There is also a championship that I really like, which is the DTM."
When discussing Paul di Resta’s path to the top echelon of motorsport through the category, Bortolotti said it should be a reference for F1 teams to spot potential stars.
"That’s obviously a very good example for the sport because unfortunately, as we all know, the economic situation in the world is not very easy at the moment," he explained of di Resta’s impressive DTM success last year. "If you don’t have the big budgets it’s going to very hard to reach the main target, even if you maybe have the potential.
"What di Resta did is a great example, because he won DTM and he got the chance to step up, so that should be an example for the teams and for the sport."
Mirko Bortolotti was talking to GPUpdate.net’s Mike Seymour
Twitter: @MikeSeymourF1, @M_Bortolotti
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