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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: di Resta keen to stay with Force India

Paul di Resta says he would welcome another year with Force India, but faces opposition for his seat from a number of in-form and/or well-heeled rivals.
Paul di Resta has admitted that he would be happy to remain with Force India for a fourth season in 2014, but has called on the team to decide its line-up sooner rather than later.

The Scot has kick-started his 2013 campaign in recent races, ending a seven-race scoreless streak with points finishes in both India and Abu Dhabi, but, with his employer suggesting that it will not name its pairing for next year until well after the final race in Brazil, he knows that there will be a lot of speculation surrounding his seat.

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado have been mentioned in connection with Force India for 2014 and, while it is unlikely that both will be signed given that they are also seen as the only contenders for the vacancy at Lotus, create a logjam at the Silverstone team, which is also rumoured to be considering inking an extension with di Resta's current team-mate Adrian Sutil

"I've always said I would like to stay with the team,” the former DTM champion told Sky Sports F1, “I would like to stay in F1 more importantly but, if they give me the tools, I can deliver.

"I will be expecting a decision very soon from the senior management, but I will keep focusing on the races and let the management team do the business in the background."

di Resta's run to sixth place at Yas Marina on Sunday saw him finish ahead of fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton, and the Scot believes that the performance should enhance his chances of remaining with the team that brought him into F1 in 2011.

"I managed the tyres when I had to, delivered when I had to [and], staying ahead of a Mercedes and fighting a Ferrari, what more could you ask for?” he noted, “We finished off the job we should have done in Singapore on tyre wear and, hopefully, we can take this momentum to Texas.

"Defending our position against Sauber in the constructors' championship was the main aim, but we went into the race with a car that was much better than it was in qualifying and, from the strategy guys to the engineer, we put everything in place for a good race."




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13.10.2013- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35 leads Adrian Sutil (GER), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
01.11.2013- Free Practice 2: Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
03.11.2013- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
02.11.2013- Qualifying: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
01.11.2013- Free Practice 2: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
The Lotus F1 E22 running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
The Lotus F1 E22 running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Marussia F1 Team truck in the paddock.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-29.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-29.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-29.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.

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Taz

November 05, 2013 9:50 AM

@Jamal22 "doesnt produce an F1 driver/talent similar to Perez or Riccardo" If that's all he has to worry about he'll sleep well :rolleyes: I suspect Maldarnado waving his bag of dodgy oil money is causing him more concern.

Taz

November 05, 2013 8:50 AM

"Adrian is overall same score as Paul" Paul has 48 points, Adrian has 29? I guess you mean in terms of performance in which case they are pretty close. If Paul if kept on I hope he's learned his lesson and is less hard on the team next year.



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