Paul di Resta's concerns over his immediate future in F1 will be temporarily suspended as he tackles a wrongful dismissal case brought by former manager Anthony Hamilton.
The Scot could wind up as the man on the outside in the latest case of revolving doors at Force India, with both Sergio Perez and current team-mate Adrian Sutil
also thought to be vying for the second seat. While he has been linked to a possible return to the DTM and, perhaps more fancifully, to cousin Dario Franchitti's IndyCar seat for 2014, di Resta confirmed via court notes that his tenure in the top flight is likely to come to an end before 2014.
He parted company with Hamilton, father of F1 rival Lewis, early last season, claiming that he had been misled with regard to monies involved in a sponsorship deal with energy drink brand Go Fast. Hamilton, meanwhile, believes that he has a case for wrongful termination and loss of earnings.
di Resta is understood to have taken the Go Fast deal, estimated at more than €5.5m, to Hamilton who, in turn, advised the Scot that, in order to buy the rights to drinks sponsorship from Force India, he would have to find €2m. Making an independent approach to the team, di Resta was allegedly told that the cost of the rights would be only €1m, prompting the Scot to terminate his relationship with his manager.
di Resta appeared in court on Tuesday, with McLaren
team principal Martin Whitmarsh also slated to take a turn at the stand.