Di Resta fears F1 future in jeopardy

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Paul di Resta is concerned he may lose his seat at Force India next year.

The British driver had a strong start to 2013 but hasn’t been in the points since the mid-season changes to the tires, which Force India have struggled with.

Di Resta was eighth in the championship after his home race but since then his points total has stood still and he’s been passed by Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg during his seven race streak outside the top ten.

Now Di Resta, in his third season of F1, fears he may miss out in the driver market for next year.

“It’s tough because of circumstances that don’t help drivers that don’t have big funding,” he said. “The team know knows what I can do. They gave me the tool to achieve what I can.”

Among the competition for a place at Force India next year are GP2 driver James Calado, who has driven for them in testing and practice, and Nico Hulkenberg, who could make a surprise return to the team he raced for last year.

This is an important weekend for the Indian-owned squad as they prepare for their home race at the Buddh International Circuit.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”