Di Resta admits future at Force India and even in F1 uncertain

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta has admitted that his future in Formula 1 is uncertain, after a series of bad results and the issue of driver weight looming next season.

Since debuting for Force India in 2011, the 27-year-old Scot has been pushing for a move to a bigger team.

But he may now be facing a challenge simply to stay on the grid, a goal not helped by crashing out of Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix.

It was the latest in a sequence of driver errors for di Resta, who has struggled particularly after Pirelli’s mid-season tyre construction change.

“I’ll hold my hands up, it’s me who has made the mistake. I apologise to the team,” he told reporters in Korea.

Not only that, but with the move to heavier engines in 2014, tall drivers like di Resta are suddenly even less attractive to teams trying to field cars under the minimum weight.

“It is a concern for a driver like me,” said di Resta.

Asked about his chance of simply staying at Force India next year, he admitted: “It’s a bit of a waiting game.”

Deputy team boss Bob Fernley told Speed Week: “The driver question is not in my hands.

“It’s up to Vijay Mallya and the shareholders. We will sit down in peace after the Indian Grand Prix and talk about the drivers for 2014,” he added.

Meanwhile, di Resta’s famous U.S. based cousin Dario Franchitti broke two vertebrae, and an ankle and suffered a concussion in a huge Indycar crash in Houston on Sunday. (GMM)

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