Date: 20th November 2013 at 4:37pm
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British driver Paul Di Resta faces uncertain future in Formula One.

Despite Paul Di Resta being seen as one of the best drivers with potential in the paddock, it isn’t certain that Force India will use their option to retain him for the 2014 Formula One season.

While the Scot’s other options on the Formula One grid look limited.

Despite the 27-year-old being linked with the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari in the past, the Scot remains in limbo as the team weigh up possible options for next season.

That could still involve the return of former driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is still a possibility as he is yet to confirm his future with current team Sauber or Lotus who he has also held talks with.

With the additions of Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez on the market, the mid-pack teams such as Force India and Sauber who are yet to confirm their line-up for next season have an array of options.

Another potential problem for Di Resta could be the weight limitations the teams face next season with the increase in weight from the power units that the new engines and Energy Recovery Systems.

If Force India are having weight issues, it might be easy to look elsewhere for another driver, while the option of bringing in a pay-driver would also soften the blow of losing Di Resta and both Maldonado and Perez would bring big bucks to the table.

Maldonado is backed by ?30million-a-season in sponsorship money from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

Maldonado appears to still have a strong possibility of joining Lotus, but if that doesn’t occur, he will be first in the queue at Force India.

If Maldonado gets the drive at Lotus, Nico Hulkenberg will then be forced to decide between remaining at Sauber or returning to Force India.

Another driver in the mix is Sergio Perez who is backed by another lucrative sponsorship deal with Mexican telecommunications company Telemex.

After being dumped by McLaren, Perez has been linked with a return to Sauber, but that’s only likely if Hulkenberg leaves the team for either Lotus or Force India.

That leaves Paul Di Resta, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado as options for Force India, with the Brit the most likely to be eased out of the team.

“They know what I’m capable of, they know what I can deliver. I feel like I’m an asset to the team.

‘But I can’t make the decision for them, and I have to respect their decision.’
he told the BBC.

‘I’ve said all along I’d love to be part of it, I’ve expressed that to the senior management, bosses and the shareholders.

‘Obviously, things are getting tighter in the midfield to get seats, so I have to be content with what I’ve done, and I believe over the last four races I’ve done what’s been asked of me.

‘I don’t know what will happen. I’ve got to wait and see. We can only work in the background in trying to secure my Formula 1 future.


If Di Resta is left without a drive he could look to return to German Touring Cars DTM, or make a move to American Indy Cars.