Reports have emerged that although Adrian Sutil expects to keep his seat at Force India beyond 2013, his teammate Paul di Resta is not sure of a place in the team for 2014.
Di Resta’s future is not secure. His manager Richard Goddard on Thursday admitted that the Scot is at risk of being pushed out by a pay-driver.
“It’s difficult to know what will happen next year,” he told the Press Association. “There are a lot of drivers in the sport with money, and there are a lot of teams that need money.
“That is probably the biggest issue, that it is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car any more.
“Force India have always been very fair in that they have tended to put outright talent in the car, and they haven’t looked to a driver to bring in income, which is great,” said Goddard.
“That’s because they are well funded by a couple of individuals and corporations who are able to do that, and hopefully they will carry on doing that.”
Goddard, who also manages Jenson Button, admitted that 27-year-old di Resta’s situation has not been helped by his recent run of poor form, the Scot has not scored points since the British GP in June.
“It’s difficult to determine,” he said, “because this last half of the season he has been adversely affected by the tyres.
“He hasn’t produced the results he would want to produce, but overall it is the team under-delivering on what it should have delivered,” said Goddard.
Meanwhile it has emerged that Sutil, whose backers Medion are part of Force India’s sponsorship portfolio, has yet to be confirmed by the team for next year but the German F1 returnee admits that another year with the Silverstone based squad is the most likely option. (GMM)
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