Force India move to reassure Di Resta
9 October 2013 – Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said Paul di Resta will not be judged on the last few races alone, when it comes to a decision on whether or not they retain his services for the 2014 season.
Di Resta has had a woeful run of late, retiring for the fourth race in succession in Korea last weekend, after he made an error and crashed out just before mid-distance.
He has now gone six races without scoring points and his dip in form has fuelled speculation he might be dropped.
“This is our third season with Paul; we’ve had two and half seasons of fantastic effort from him, so we wouldn’t judge somebody over two or three races,” Fernley told Sky Sports when asked if he might lose his seat in 2014.
“[But] it’s not my decision at the end of the day [to say who drives for us], it’s a decision for [team principal] Vijay [Mallya] and the shareholders.”
Meanwhile, looking to this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, Di Resta is refusing to make any predictions: “It’s impossible to say at the moment how we will perform. All we can do is go there and concentrate on optimising the car balance. We’ve been focussing more on race performance recently and hopefully that will pay off,” he stated.
“Suzuka is one of the best tracks we race on. For me it’s up there with Silverstone because it demands so much from the car. Running on low fuel for a qualifying lap is a great feeling and something I look forward to. It’s also a big technical challenge in terms of optimising the set-up and it’s very tough on tyres because of the high-speed corners.”