Force India driver Paul di Resta has confirmed he has appointed The Sports Partnership management stable to look after his 'business responsibilities', the same people that manage Jenson Button.
“It's no secret that I have been looking for new representation and I am delighted to have found this with The Sports Partnership,” di Resta said in a statement on his personal website today. “They have been assisting me in a purely advisory capacity whilst I've been making my decision.
“Based on how that's gone, and having seen what they've achieved with other clients in and out of the sport of F1, it became clear that it was the right way to go.
“Having the right team behind me will allow me to focus on what's important, which is to continue to develop as a driver, further my career in F1 and ultimately fight it out for race wins and a world championship.”
di Resta was previously managed by Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony, but the two parted company back in July prior to the British Grand Prix. Anthony Hamilton then filed papers at London High Court claiming that the termination of his contract was unlawful [see separate story - HERE
The Sports Partnership management stable was founded by Button and his long-time managers Richard Goddard and James Williamson a few years back now, but despite talk that there might be a conflict interest, Goddard is adamant that won't be an issue.
“It wouldn't be a conflict at all [if they both ended up at the same team, such as at McLaren],” Goddard told The Daily Telegraph
“Naturally they would be trying to beat each other in that situation but my role as a driver-manager is to help a driver to the best of my ability, not to harm his team-mate in any way. So I wouldn't be looking to help one over the other.
“Besides, there are two of us at the top of The Sports Partnership and if needed James could always look after one whilst I looked after the other,” Goddard added.