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Di Resta set for 'a new challenge' after Force India F1 drop him

Paul di Resta: Just want to take this opportunity to thank Force India for four great years...
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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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- Qualifying, 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

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Skooter

December 13, 2013 5:13 PM

I'm quite surprised at the lack of support for Di Resta. He did a better job than a lot of other drivers this year. Okay mid field at best, but reasonable. What I think is pretty poor is that Di Resta and others are left out on the cold in favour of other drivers that are nowhere near as good, but can buy their way into, or stay in the sport. Maldonado, as one example, should be out but his money bought a seat, just like Barichello managed to stay in the sport long beyond his time and ability should have allowed. They all go on about F1 having the best drivers in the world and so on. I'm afraid it seems more obvious this year that isn't the case. You may be the best, but if you don't bring money, you've next to no chance. Kind of raises questions about the integrity of the teams and the sport as a whole. But ssadly thats F1. Its a money sport more than a talent sport.



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