Di Resta: Money talked in Perez move to McLaren

Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India F1. Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham, England, Day Three, 12 January 2013.Considerations about “money” played a role in McLaren choosing Sergio Perez, claims Paul di Resta, the Force India driver who admits to having had talks with McLaren when team was deciding Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 replacement.

“I’m not going to give away too much, but yes, there were discussions,” 26-year-old Scot di Resta, who is staying at Force India for a third consecutive season, said.

“Unfortunately in this sport now there’s a little bit more to it. There’s a commercial side and money’s tight. Perez has some good backing,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

Di Resta was undoubtedly referring to Perez’s former backing by Mexican Carlos Slim’s  telecoms giant Telmex, the company that, while staying at Sauber this year, has been linked with a future tie-up with McLaren.

“I’ve got a great relationship with McLaren,” di Resta said.

“Martin Whitmarsh was actually the key person who put my name forward [to] Force India, and also I’ve been part of Mercedes-Benz for a [number] of years.

“Our paths may cross,” he said at the Autosport International show in Birmingham. (GMM)

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