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Goddard hopes talent enough for di Resta

Manager Richard Goddard hopes talent will be enough to keep Paul di Resta at Force India for the 2014 F1 season
Paul di Resta's manager Richard Goddard says he hopes that talent will be enough to keep the Scot at Force India next year, and that the team won't elect to replace him with a paying driver for 2014.

Di Resta's future is still unclear despite Force India having an option on his services for next year, with the 26-year-old being forced to wait to discover if he will be retained.

The Silverstone based team could elect to try and bring in a funded driver for next year in di Resta's place, but Goddard said he hoped that talent would continue to be enough for the Scot to keep his role.

"It's difficult to know what will happen next year," he told Press Association Sport. "There are a lot of drivers in the sport with money, and there are a lot of teams that need money.

"That is probably the biggest issue, that it is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car any more. But Force India have always been very fair in that they have tended to put outright talent in the car, and they haven't looked to a driver to bring in income, which is great.

"That's because they are well funded by a couple of individuals and corporations who are able to do that, and hopefully they will carry on doing that. Some other teams are looking for drivers to bring in income, and unfortunately Paul doesn't have a government-backed scheme or a rich billionaire standing behind him."

Goddard added that recent results hadn't helped di Resta's cause, but said the results weren't a reflection of what his client can do behind the wheel.

"It is a tricky situation to be in,” he said. "We're still under option. We haven't been told we're not going to be signed. But if the option lapses and doesn't get taken up, then it is a case of waiting to see if Force India come back to us and negotiate on a new basis.

“It's difficult to determine because this last half of the season he (Di Resta) has been adversely affected by the tyres. He hasn't produced the results he would want to produce, but overall it is the team under-delivering on what it should have delivered.

"The team is probably fairly disappointed at where it is because it started the season so well."




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Taipan

October 17, 2013 2:43 PM

It's funny how quickly things change, first half of this season Force India were getting a lot of praise, di Resta produced a string of good results, was being tipped for a top drive and it looked like a mistake for Hulkenberg to have moved to Sauber. Second half of the season and it's Sauber who's getting all the praise, Hulkenberg is producing the results and being tipped for a top drive and di Resta might be out of a job!

Zedd

October 17, 2013 2:28 PM

Got to say, Goddard seems to tell it like it is. Given that it was Martin Whitmarsh who actually helped di Resta get the FI seat in the first place I'm a little surprised that he's not being considered at all by them, but as Goddard has said: Money talks.



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