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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.