di Resta keeps mum to focus on racing
4 October 2013
Paul di Resta insists that he is prepared to wait for an announcement from Force India regarding his future with the team, preferring instead to concentrate on matters on the track.
The Scot, along with team-mate Adrian Sutil, has suffered in the second half of the season, unable to repeat the form that saw Force India fill a top five constructors' spot ahead of McLaren. Qualifying has been an issue for di Resta, who has failed to progress beyond Q1 on more than one occasion, and the Scot – who, this time last season, was being mentioned in connection with drives at both Ferrari and McLaren – is riding a five-race points drought that he hopes to break in Korea this weekend.
“I suppose you can [put it down to bad luck] but, at the same time, we've had some unfortunate issues,” he insisted, “The important thing is to keep pushing on. Singapore was obviously looking like it was going to be a great result from a difficult qualifying session - the speed was in the car - but it wasn't to be. Hopefully, this weekend, we can get it together and get points back on the table, which is always the goal within the team.”
Force India has made no secret of its belief that it has been affected more than any other by the change of tyres since the British Grand Prix, but di Resta is reluctant to pin the entire reversal of fortune on that.
“I definitely think the tyre hasn't helped but I think, at this stage, and this far in with the new tyres, can you blame that?” he asked, “We've not optimised it like we did the last set, but I think everybody within the team has a great handle on tyres and it's just about unleashing the potential of them.
“We've maybe not got it over the whole weekend, but the way we managed the tyres in the race in Singapore was obviously better than most people were able to. We just need to try to get the qualifying performance and I think, if we can do that, then it gets us back on track and we start having a good weekend again.”
Asked whether his future in the team had been determined beyond November's Brazilian Grand Prix, di Resta deflected the question.
“The team's policy is not to discuss contracts at the moment, so I think you need to go to the press office and speak to them,” he maintained, “I'll concentrate on this weekend and the driving part of it....”