F1 2011 rookie Paul di Resta remained relaxed during today's FIA press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite the lingering uncertainty over the Force India driver line-up for next year.
The situation at the Silverstone-based team has stolen part of the spotlight in recent weeks and continues to remain pretty pivotal in shaping the drivers' market for 2012, with both of di Resta's team-mates, Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg attractive propositions for rival teams.
Despite feeling relaxed, di Resta did admit the decision, which is due to be announced by team principal Vijay Mallya imminently, does add an element of pressure.
“I suppose it does in a way. I have always said you always want to know as quick as you can but you have to respect Mr [Vijay] Mallya's decision and really he has said he is going to change. But, at the moment, I have a contract for the year so I am focussed on doing the remaining two races, which we should be, and really the future will take care of itself hopefully,” he remarked.
The Scotsman primary target for the moment is to see out 2011 on a high by providing the same high standard of driving he's performed all season, along with helping his team maintain position ahead of Toro Rosso and Sauber in their titanic battle for sixth position in the Constructors' championship.
“We want to try and maintain position in the Constructors' Championship and our performance has been very close to Toro Rosso, Sauber and Renault if we get it right and really that's our focus at the moment,” he continued.
After spending most of the season having to learn tracks he's had no previous experience of, di Resta comes to Abu Dhabi better prepared having run here at the end of last year in the Pirelli tests, although the Scot maintains it's the running during Friday and Saturday practice which will ultimately help him.
“Yeah, I think coming here obviously having a bit of experience isn't negative having done the Pirelli test last year. But, really, it is all about the work you carry out on Friday and Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon in this case,” he concluded.
by Simon Evans