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Force India keen to keep di Resta

Vijay Mallya says he is keen to keep Paul di Resta at Force India for the 2012 season
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says the Silverstone-based team is keen to retain Paul di Resta for the 2012 F1 season after a solid maiden appearance in his home Grand Prix.

The Scot qualified inside the top ten and looked set to challenge for a points finish before a pit-stop blunder – when he pitted while the team had team-mate Adrian Sutil's tyres on the pit apron – ended his hopes of bringing home a top ten finish.

Di Resta has been mentioned as a possible option for Mercedes if Michael Schumacher ended his comeback early, although the seven-time champion has insisted that he will at least see out the three-year deal he has with the Brackley-based team.

It would make a move away from Force India less likely for di Resta and Mallya said it would be 'foolish' of the team to allow the reigning DTM champion to head to a rival outfit.

"I haven't put Paul in the car without having clear options going forward, and he is also very, very happy in this environment and in this team,” Mallya told the Press Association during the Silverstone weekend. "I would be foolish to let go of a star, so we'll talk later in the year, but I feel the odds are more in favour of Paul remaining with Force India.

"When I first signed him up I told him we wanted a commitment which he was happy to give, and so I was happy to give him a break."

Mallya also confirmed that di Resta, who acted as test and reserve driver for the team last season is on a contract for 'longer than this season' which is 'worth every penny'.



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