Di Resta expects to lose Force India F1 seat

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Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Paul di Resta doubts he will keep his place in F1 next year.

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Di Resta fears he won’t have F1 drive (The Telegraph)

“Mr Charles Hollander QC, representing the claimant, told the court that he had received a notice from di Resta’s legal team in recent days informing them that the 27 year-old did not believe he would be driving in Formula One next year.”

Lewis Hamilton’s father hits out at F1 driver Paul Di Resta over accusations of incompetence (The Independent)

“Anthony Hamilton told the High Court in London that Paul Di Resta’s allegations ‘attracted a lot of bad press and has had a serious effect on my family and my business’.”

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Illustration of how next year’s Red Bull RB10 might look by Craig Scarborough.

Sauber: late revival won’t hurt 2014 (Autosport)

Head of trackside engineering Tom McCullough: “Yes, we had to do a little bit more on the 2013 car than we wanted to but there has been a team working very hard on that and a lot of the lessons we have learned with sorting out this car will apply to next year’s car as well.”

SuperTouringSeries to take over from Superstars (Touring Car Times)

“The new organisers of the championship are Pan Asia Racing Enterprise Ltd. (PARE Ltd), whose CEO is Daniel Audetto, who has worked as a managing director in Formula 1 in recent years at the Super Aguri and HRT F1 teams.”

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New Jersey resident Brian on his chances of having a grand prix on his doorstep in the near future:

No surprise here in regards to the New Jersey Grand Prix. I live about two miles from the proposed site and drive through it everyday on my commute to and from work. The main problem is the two large apartment complexes being constructed adjacent to the track. Until these are completed, there is no chance that any progress on the track (at least along the water) can be made.

I am happy to hear though that it is “delayed” and not scrapped altogether. I ride my bike along the track frequently, and there is no doubt in my mind an F1 race here would be epic!
Brian K

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82 comments on Di Resta expects to lose Force India F1 seat

  1. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 5th December 2013, 7:51

    That article in Sport Bild says that the fuel limit per GP next year is 135 litres.
    “Pro Grand Prix dĂĽrfen nur noch 135 Liter Benzin verbrannt werden.”
    I thought it was 100 litres, or is the 135 litres to include Qualifying as well, or have I just got it all wrong?

  2. Di Resta gets a lot of abuse on the forums, but i for one will be a bit sad to see him booted from F1. Ok, i can’t defend his attitude towards his team, and often find myself cringing at his comments to the press. But his on track behaviour, where it actually counts, was very good and barring a few uncharacteristic incidents in the latter half of this season he was one of the cleanest racers out there.

    I rate him around 10th best out of the current drivers, although maybe some of the rookies have more potential in the long run, so it doesn’t seem right that he loses his spot while others who have shown little talent remain, or worse, are moving to stronger teams. His problem is that most of the drivers he is competing with for seats bring financial backing, the notable exception being Hulkenberg who has admittedly shown more potential.

    Nonetheless, if he is on his way out i hope he gets a seat in Indycar or wherever he chooses to go and can still have a strong career. Best of luck Paul from a fellow Scot.

  3. DominikWilde (@dominikwilde) said on 5th December 2013, 11:54

    With regards to Di Resta, I’ll be gla if he looses the seat. He’s a decent driver but nothing special. Plus, I’ve met him a few times and I think it’s fair to say he’s not one of the nicest I’ve met.

    I’ve a question, why was Nico Prost driving the 2013 car in the simulator? Surely that’s a bit of a pointless execise now?

  4. Werent there recent reports that Tom McCullough would be moving Force India for 2014?

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