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Di Resta admits Force India F1 exit likely

Paul di Resta suggests he won't be with Force India for F1 2014 but could remain on the grid with Sauber
Paul di Resta has admitted that doesn't expect to remain with Force India for the 2014 F1 season, although he could still secure a place on the grid elsewhere.

The Scot has raced with the team since making his debut in 2011, with twelfth in the championship standings this season marking his highest finish to date.

With Force India having already re-signed Nico Hulkenberg for next year, di Resta has been left battling for the one remaining seat with team-mate Adrian Sutil and ex-McLaren man Sergio Perez.

Speaking at the High Court while giving evidence in his ongoing case with former manager Anthony Hamilton, di Resta admitted that he felt his time with the team was coming to an end, with a drive with Sauber or a return to the DTM being the likely options for 2014.

"(Force India) are speaking to me every two or three days," Di Resta was quoted by Sporting Life. "They may be interested. They may not. I believe they are in talks with Sergio Perez. It's looking likely that I will not be driving.

"The only team that really has any possibility is Sauber. There has been nothing other than a chat with my manager. I am [also] speaking to Mercedes-Benz for DTM."

Di Resta won the DTM title with Mercedes in 2010 prior to making the move into F1.




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23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Drivers parade, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07

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FVA47

December 12, 2013 12:55 AM

Paul Di Resta is no doubt an excellent F1 driver, however, if you wan't to survive in this business you have to "tidy up your act" in terms of promoting your image as a person, and whoever is managing him does not appear to be doing their job very well!! There are thousands of young talented drivers who would love to step in to his shoes, even with all the Politics and other Bu###hit involved and being either "Media friendly" and spouting the party line from the Press office ,or having an "alternate personality" that appeals to people such as Kimi Raikkonen or the late James Hunt, all adds to the column inches, and goes with the job title. F1 does not owe him a living, and you only get one shot at making an impression, particularly with the Media, no matter who you are or what your connections are. - May'be in time this will be a lesson learnt, but he appears to be burning his bridges at this point in time, and his reputation will only follow him wherever he goes!!!



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