Paul di Resta has moved to downplay talk linking him with a move into the Mercedes GP team just a matter of races into his F1 career.
After an impressive start to the 2011 campaign, speculation has suggested that the Scot could be lined up to replace Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes line-up, with reports that the German driver is looking at options elsewhere for 2012.
While he admits he would be keen to race for a factory team in future, di Resta – who moved into F1 this season on the back of a DTM title winning campaign with Mercedes – insisted his current focus was firmly on the job at hand with Force India.
"I definitely, one day, would like to be in a position for that," he was quoted by the Scotsman
, "but I am with Force India. I am fully focused on what I signed to do this year and that is to drive for Force India and do the best job.
"I will continue to focus on that path, because there is still a long way to go. You never know what the future holds. I will just continue eyes forwards and go on with what I have got set out. I have always said Mercedes have been a great influence on my career and I have been part of that family for a long time, and I am still very close to them."
Rosberg has so far refused to comment on speculation about his future while Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug was reported to have told the German press during the Turkish Grand Prix weekend that there 'is no evidence that one of our drivers is leaving us'.