Paul di Resta is still very much focused on ending the 2013 Formula 1 season on a high despite concerns over his future in the sport. The Scot is currently 10th in the Drivers’ Championship, 19 points ahead of team mate Adrian Sutil, but Force India are yet to confirm either of their drivers for the 2014 season.
Speaking at the Drivers’ Press Conference ahead of the United States Grand Prix this weekend, di Resta said he was focused on taking the positives from recent races in order to finish the current season strongly:- “I think the result in Abu Dhabi was massive and I think very crucial for us to try and do what we did. It’s such a crucial point of the year for our championship position over the likes of Sauber. We showed that we didn’t have the speed over one lap but we had the speed over a race and we definitely scored big. Hopefully that’s going to be enough and we can come into the last two races trying to secure the Constructors’ position but equally trying to score points because the vibe in the team is very good. I think it’s more about team effort and everybody’s lifted their game and the results show that.”
When pressed on his position for next year, di Resta admitted that time was running short but said he was still focused on doing his best until the end of the season:- “I think it’s very late, given where it all is at the moment – but what can you do? You need to accept where the team principals and equally the shareholders, where they are. But I suppose in probably less than ten days’ time is when the focus is going to change away from this year and more importantly onto next year’s car. The big task for us as a race team at the moment is to get out there and score points in these two and not take the focus away. That’s what I’ll do this weekend but we need to continue to keep doing that and hopefully it’s enough.”