Di Resta enters 2012 with eye on future

Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta

Jan.16 (GMM) Paul di Resta admits he is looking ahead to the 2012 season with a firm eye on his future in Formula 1.

Di Resta made his grand prix debut last year as the reigning DTM champion, having driven for Mercedes in the premier German touring car series.

He has been retained by Mercedes-powered Force India for 2012 but admitted he would snap up the chance to drive for the German carmaker’s works team.

“I’d love to drive for them,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I’ve got great friends and great support at Mercedes-Benz. I’ve been part of their programme for six years and I’m still very close to them now.

“I never say never,” added di Resta, 25.

“Right now I am a Force India driver so the focus is there. But in the future I want to be winning races and I’ll make my decisions based on that.”