Di Resta yet to secure Mercedes Formula 1 role 12 March, 2014 Paul di Resta Not long to go before the engines are fired up in Melbourne for the season opening Australian Grand Prix, Paul di Resta still has not secured a Formula 1 role for 2014. Having lost his Force India seat and secured a return to the DTM series this year, the Scot was hoping to become Mercedes’ new Formula 1 Reserve Driver. “I hope he gets that opportunity,” ex Formula 1 driver and countryman David Coulthard told the Scotsman newspaper recently. “If he doesn’t, it might be difficult to find his way back into Formula 1, simply because of the political and financial nature of the business.” Now, two days before practice kicks off at Albert Park for the 2014 season opener, di Resta admits he has “nothing yet” lined up with DTM employer Mercedes’ Formula 1 programme. “My desire is to be involved in Formula 1 in some way, shape or form,” the 27-year-old told the PA Sport news agency. “Staying as actively as you can in the sport is important, and if there is any chance to get back then hopefully that can happen,” di Resta added. “Obviously I’m sad not to be in Melbourne, but I’m planning on trying to get to a few races, and when it comes back to Europe it will be far easier.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.