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Paul di Resta: I can’t say anything about 2012

Paul di Resta: The only thing that I can say is that I am still working closely with the team and helping with the new car.

Paul di Resta has said he will be 'proud' if he gets the chance to stay with Force India next season.

The Silverstone-based outfit has yet to confirm its line-up for F1 2012, although an announcement is expected on Thursday [December 15], when it is believed di Resta will be named along with third driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is strongly tipped to replace Adrian Sutil.

“I can't say anything,” di Resta told the official F1 site, when asked if he will stay with Force India next season.

“The only thing that I can say is that I am still working closely with the team and helping with the new car.

“I will do some simulator work over the next week and hopefully by then [Force India boss] Dr Vijay Mallya and his board will have made up their minds about their 2012 driver line-up.

“Certainly I would be very proud to stay with them for another year. They have shown a lot of respect for me and a lot of faith in me. They've given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I am very thankful for that.”

Pressed on what happens if he doesn't get the nod, di Resta added: “I don't think that this is something that you want to think about, but sure you have to think about a worst-case scenario - and thank goodness I have [my manager] Anthony [Hamilton] doing that for me. That's what he is employed to do.”

Meanwhile, di Resta said he was happy with his debut season at the pinnacle of the sport, one which saw him finish in the top-ten eight times and notch up 27 points – his best result a sixth place finish in Singapore. He also helped Force India secure sixth in the Constructors' - the teams best ever placing.

“Obviously I am really happy to have spent a year in F1 as it has been a long-term ambition for me. It has been a pretty good year for me - and a pretty good year together with the team. It was a joyful experience, but also a lot of hard work.

“I definitely look back with good memories. Of course the memories could have been a bit better, but overall 2011 stands up quite positively and I think this experience can drive us further in the future and herald many more good years to come,” he concluded.




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26.11.2011- Qualifying, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
27.11.2011- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM04, Bruno Senna (BRA), Lotus Renault GP R31 and Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
24.11.2011- Norbert Haug (GER), Mercedes Motorsport chief and Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04
24.11.2011- Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04

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Mark - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 2:24 PM

@aldo2654 are you kidding? I don't think Button is gonna get sacked for being useless, and I don't think finishing 2nd in the championship this year would make him a waste of space! Hope Di Resta goes to Mercedes in 2013.

shivam98680@gmail.com - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 9:36 AM

paul is overrated by the british media!! He is 26 and performed well in first half but was severly outraced and outquilified by adrian sutil in the 2nd half! Even nico beat diresta in brazil friday practice despite not driving regularly!



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