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Nick Fry, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes, has admitted that current Force India driver Paul di Resta is on the team's list as a replacement for Michael Schumacher.
The 26-year-old Scot, who rose to Formula 1 after his DTM title success of 2010, has long been linked with the Mercedes brand, while the aforementioned Schumacher has struggled to make an impact since his return to the sport in the same year.
"Of course Paul's on our radar," Fry told Sky Sports News. "He's done a fantastic job, he's a nice guy, he's great team player and he would be one of the drivers undoubtedly that, if Michael were to decide he didn't want to continue, we would look at.
"But we haven't reached that time yet in our thinking but we have all got a lot of admiration for Paul."
Fry went on to talk about Schumacher's tough start to the 2012 campaign, insisting that although the situation is far from ideal at the moment, a decision over the seven-time Champion's future is not going to be made with any haste.
"I am sure if we get to the end of this year and it continues as it has done for the last few races I think he will probably be asking himself that question. There is time to go and we are not making any decisions yet."
Di Resta currently sits 12th in the Drivers' Championship with a total of 15 points, with Schumacher back in 18th after a pair of tenth place finishes in Malaysia and Bahrain.
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