5 November 2013
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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