Paul di Resta says he hasn't given up on Formula 1 and that he will do “whatever he can to fulfil that ambition”.
The Scot was dropped by Force India at the end of last season and this year has returned to the DTM, the series he won in 2010 before graduating to the pinnacle of the sport. However, his return has not gone especially well and to date he has only scored 12 points, his best result a fourth place at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben earlier this season.
“I loved F1; I enjoyed every single thing about it,” the 28-year-old said in an interview with the heraldscotland.com
. “It's the best racing there is and you are up there with la creme de la creme, so obviously it was disappointing not to get the chance to be involved this season. But you have to put up with setbacks and it's how you react to these things which matter.
“I am confident people have seen that I have the qualities to succeed in F1 but, of course, things keep changing in the sport, whether it's the rules or the driver line-ups and, unfortunately, the situation arose where there wasn't a place for me.
“I am still young enough to believe I can gain another opportunity and I am pushing as hard as I can to make it happen. It obviously helps if you can bring a lot of money to the table, but I worked hard to earn my chance in the first place and I'm not going anywhere. I want to be back in F1 and I will do whatever I can to fulfil that ambition.”
Asked about his plans for next year and if he might get that chance of a comeback, he added: “It's too early to say what my plans are for 2015 and my thoughts are completely devoted to chasing better results in DTM and helping Mercedes in any way I can.
“But I am positive I can gain another drive in Formula 1 and, if anything, I am even more determined than I was. The decision isn't up to me, but I delivered good, steady performances and I have no doubt I can build on that.”