F1 » Goddard hopes talent enough for di Resta


Manager Richard Goddard hopes talent will be enough to keep Paul di Resta at Force India for the 2014 F1 season

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Zedd

October 17, 2013 2:28 PM

Got to say, Goddard seems to tell it like it is.

Given that it was Martin Whitmarsh who actually helped di Resta get the FI seat in the first place I'm a little surprised that he's not being considered at all by them, but as Goddard has said: Money talks.

Taipan

October 17, 2013 2:43 PM

It's funny how quickly things change, first half of this season Force India were getting a lot of praise, di Resta produced a string of good results, was being tipped for a top drive and it looked like a mistake for Hulkenberg to have moved to Sauber.
Second half of the season and it's Sauber who's getting all the praise, Hulkenberg is producing the results and being tipped for a top drive and di Resta might be out of a job!

richard

October 17, 2013 3:15 PM

if di resta is relying on talent to keep his seat, then he will have a bit of a shock. despite what zed claims, it was merc (not whitmarsh) who put him in the fi seat, where he arrived from dtm where he was known for being "a bit" forceful.

EdOz

October 17, 2013 3:26 PM

He needs to start finishing races... no point on blaming the tires when you didn't even see the checkered flag in 5 of the last 6 GPs. It makes it nearly impossible for your manager to defend you...

I mean, sure... he go some good results at the beginning of the season. But he's been in the game long enough to know that's not how it works. Just watch any form of motorsports and hear how many times even the commentators will talk about "consistency"

GS

October 17, 2013 4:28 PM

I'd say Merc would rather see Sutil in a German engined car. Plus he brings a bit of dosh with him. I think it could be Sutil and Maldonando at FI next year. Chin up Paul!

JJJ

October 17, 2013 5:16 PM

B.A. di Resta will have to rely on FI's remarkable loyalty to its drivers to get a seat with the team next year. So far we've seen the same thing happen every year with him...he starts the year of well but then he falls away at the end (and not just because the car has dropped performance this year, but also compared to his teammates Sutil, Hulk and Sutil again).

On top of that he's starting to make some irratic mistakes and qualifying is hit and miss for him lately.

Let's face it...if the guys on the paddock were really convinced by his talent he'd be at either McLaren or Mercedes right now...he has/had all the right connections for it.

Fact that he's not being considered at those teams anymore says it all really...he'd be lucky to retain his spot for another year as even last year when Hulk got the better of him it was questionable he's stay on.

Zedd

October 17, 2013 6:47 PM

@JJJ

1) The car is a dog and even Sutil, the guy who gave di Resta a beat down a couple of years ago, is struggling to do anything with it (not to mention behind in the points).
2) It's the same for both drivers
3) Perez's backers + Hamilton going to Mercedes pretty much killed di Resta's chances there for this year. Hulkenberg or Perez's backers could stop him from getting into McLaren for next year.

If di Resta had the money behind him then he'd be in McLaren or Lotus without much issue. As he doesn't then he will just have to be content to be a victim of the current driver and sponsorship market. My advice to him: work on your PR, find yourself at least one good personal sponsor, and the drives will come.

DFuct

October 17, 2013 6:50 PM

Trouble is he's not exactly annihiliating Sutil this year but appears to be much more high maintenance to run. Despite his ability, I fear he'll wind up like Jacques Villeneuve where teams couldn't face the hassle of running him.

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