Di Resta positive about future F1 chances
16 August 2014 – Former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta says he is positive that he can return to the sport in the future and prove that he deserves a spot on the grid.
Di Resta raced for Force India between 2011 and 2013 and scored 121 points, with a best Championship placing of 12th last season.
But the Brit lost his drive at the end of the year and, having been unable to secure a seat with a rival team, he returned to the DTM with Mercedes, a title which he won in 2010. He has struggled so far this year and currently sits in 17th in the Championship, but he is sure that another Formula 1 opportunity will come his way.
"I loved F1; I enjoyed every single thing about it," he told Herald Scotland.
"It's the best racing there is and you are up there with la creme de la creme, so obviously it was disappointing not to get the chance to be involved this season. 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. It obviously helps if you can bring a lot of money to the table, but I worked hard to earn my chance in the first place and I'm not going anywhere. I want to be back in F1 and I will do whatever I can to fulfil that ambition."
The 28-year-old, who finished a best of fourth in Singapore in 2012 and Bahrain last year, says he is more determined than he was in the past.
"I am positive I can gain another drive in F1 and, if anything, I am even more determined than I was," he said. "The decision isn't up to me, but I delivered good, steady performances and I have no doubt I can build on that."