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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  • Psych4191

    I mean, this is a complete shot in the dark, but maybe those podiums had something to do with it, too…

    Or the fact that you were comprehensively laid out by Nico Hulkenburg.

  • overrated

    Di Resta is at it again.
    So bitter about being over looked. I hope Force India sign Sutil, Kovalainen or Kobayashi to shut this guy up and make him pay attention on this year and not B!tc# about last year.
    The Force India is a good car, they should look at strong drivers if they want to have a sniff at the 5th place target they set.

  • McLarenfan

    So why is Checo now a PAID driver and not a pay driver???
    Also Martin did say you were under consideration but Checo had the edge that they were looking for and also they think with his age they can groom him to being a McLaren driver for a long time.

  • Mark

    uhm… people at McLaren said months ago it had nothing to do with money, they said McLaren was already sponsored by a telephone company and they had no interest at that time for Telmex’s money… so, no Paul.