Paul di Resta has thanked Force India and wished the team all the best for the future following confirmation that he will not be retained by the outfit for the 2014 F1 season.

The 27-year-old has been aware of his predicament for some time now and reiterated earlier this week that it was unlikely he would remain. However it wasn't until yesterday [Thursday] that all hope ended, when McLaren reject Sergio Perez was announced as Nico Hulkenberg's team-mate. It means di Resta is now surplus to requirements - along with his 2013 FIF1 team-mate Adrian Sutil - and while Sauber is a possibility for both, it is understood a return to the DTM is now the most likely destination for the Scot.

"Just want to take this opportunity to thank @clubforce for 4 great years. As a team we've come a long way in our time together," he said, via his official Twitter account, @pauldirestaf1.

"But it's now time for a new challenge for me in the next phase of my career and I wish them all the best for the future #beenapleasure," added Di Resta, who of course won the DTM title back in 2010, before switching to F1 in 2011, after a year as Force India's test and development driver.


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