Paul di Resta’s manager has revealed that his client’s future in Formula One is uncertain due to the growing presence of pay drivers that could cause Force India to drop the Scot for 2014.
di Resta has failed to score any points in the last six races, retiring from four due to a combination of poor luck and driver error. However, he explained in Singapore that he was still confident of driving for Force India in 2014 after a strong start to the season, but manager Richard Goddard was less confident speaking to journalists earlier this week.
“It’s difficult to know what will happen next year,” he explained. “There are a lot of drivers in the sport with money, and there are a lot of teams that need money. It is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car any more.”
However, Goddard is hoping that Force India stick to their stance of prioritizing ability and pace instead of financial gain.
“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,” he said. “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.”
di Resta debuted for Force India in 2011, and he scored his career-best finish of fourth at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Although the Scot’s recent form has been far from impressive, his string of top-ten finishes in the first half of the year will have to be considered.
Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton have all been linked to di Resta’s seat, but Force India are yet to confirm when a decision will be made.