Di Resta determined to return to Formula 1

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Paul di Resta has said that he will do whatever it takes to return to Formula 1 after being left without a seat for the 2014 season.

The Scotsman made his debut back in 2011 for Force India, and went on to spend all three seasons of his F1 career with Vijay Mallya’s team. However, he was dropped at the end of last year to make way for Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

This move appears to have been the right one for Force India, which has made its best ever start to a Formula 1 season in 2014. di Resta, on the other hand, was forced to move back to the DTM German touring car series from which he entered F1 in the first place. However, he is determined to make a comeback in the future.

“[F1 is] the best racing there is and you are up there with la crème de la crème, so obviously it was disappointing not to get the chance to be involved this season,” di Resta told the Scottish Herald newspaper. “But you have to put up with setbacks and it’s how you react to these things which matter.

“I am confident people have seen that I have the qualities to succeed in F1 but, of course, things keep changing in the sport.

“Whether it’s the rules or the driver line-ups and, unfortunately, the situation arose where there wasn’t a place for me.

“I am still young enough to believe I can gain another opportunity and I am pushing as hard as I can to make it happen. I want to be back in F1 and I will do whatever I can to fulfil that ambition.”

During his three year stint, di Resta may not have set the world on fire, but he certainly held his own. As the driver market for the 2015 season continues to shake up and be speculated, the Scotsman will be hoping to get his name in the ring ahead of a possible return to the F1 grid next year.

NHRA: John Force-like motor explosions get contagious during Sunday’s Gatornationals

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John Force is rubbing off on others – but probably not the way they or he would like.

The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion has had spectacular motor explosions in each of the first three races of the new NHRA season, including during Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Gatornationals.

During Sunday’s quarterfinals of eliminations, Force’s teammate (and son-in-law and president of John Force Racing) Robert Hight squared off with fellow Funny Car driver Matt Hagan.

As the duo closed in on the finish line, both cars experienced spectacular motor explosions of their own – virtually side-by-side and nearly at the same time.

Hight’s car was the first to explode, tossing its body high in the air. A split-second later, Hagan’s car exploded, also sending the body flying.

Check out the NHRA video:

Hight wound up losing the race.

Hagan, meanwhile, and his crack pit crew rolled their backup car off the hauler, put in a new motor and went on to race through the semifinals and into the finals, losing to race winner “Fast Jack” Beckman.

“We had a pretty great race day, to be honest,” Hagan said. “I’ve never been to the finals in Gainesville.

“We obviously had a huge blow up in the second round, then to watch these guys pull the other car back out and put it together in the amount of time they had, then turn a win light on against Capps (Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps in the semifinals), then to be able to go to a final, it was huge and it speaks for itself.”

As for Hight, here’s his take on what happened with the motor explosion:

“I couldn’t see (Hagan) over there and it wasn’t like it was hazing the tires or anything else. As it turns out it wasn’t spinning at all. It kicked two rods out when it blacked the bearings in the crank then it hit the valves and blew up.

“The thing gave me no indication at all before that. What really scared me was once I got it under control and I look over and see his body is off his car. I am thinking ‘Oh man, he got gathered up in me.’ Then I stood up and looked and his injector was sideways so I realized he had an explosion as well. We are just lucky we didn’t get into each other.”

As for the guy who has had so much trouble in the motor department, John Force, he lost in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations to daughter Courtney Force.

John Force planned on shutting the motor off on his car at around the 700-foot mark of the 1,000-foot dragstrip, not wanting to risk another motor explosion – even though it meant a likely loss to his daughter.

Now John Force and his entire four-car team, including Courtney Force, Robert Hight and daughter and Top Fuel driver Brittany Force, will be off for extensive testing to try and determine what’s been causing the motor explosions.

“We have to evaluate it and go test,” Force said. “We’ll figure it out.”

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