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.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.