DTM title winner Paul di Resta remains in contention for a race seat with Force India
for the 2011 F1 season according to his manager Anthony Hamilton.
The Scot has held the role of test and reserve driver for the Silverstone-based team this season and competed in the Friday practice sessions at a number of events during the course of the year.
Di Resta has been linked to a race seat on a number of occasions despite Tonio Liuzzi having a contract in place and with Adrian Sutil
also reported to be keen to remain after his chances of a move to Renault
all but disappeared.
However, with the team yet to name any of its drivers on the official entry list published by the FIA, Hamilton has revealed that the Scot is still a contender for a race seat for 2011 having impressed the team during his time at the wheel this year.
"There hasn't been one bit of negative information from the team about Paul,” he told the BBC
. "He has done a great job, the team love him. He's a champion and a leader. Nothing has changed; he is still a contender for a race seat. We are very positive."
However, di Resta could face a fight from outside Force India
to secure a race seat, with Nico Hulkenberg
having admitted that the team is his most realistic option when it comes to returning to the grid next year.
Hulkenberg found himself without a drive after being replaced at Williams
by Pastor Maldonado
and has held talks with the team about a possible role in 2011.