Di Resta risks being the man who misses out

Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:23am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Force India's Paul Di Resta is in danger of being the man who misses out on a 2014 race seat as the tempo quickens in Formula One's game of musical chairs.

The Scot wants to stay for a fourth season but, with more drivers than places available and talk of others already being lined up for his job, is not sounding overly confident about his prospects.

"I have no idea. I need everybody's help if I can get it," Di Resta said when asked about his future after finishing 11th in Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

"I've done what's asked of me when the car is under me and who knows? I'll be in competitive racing...but remaining part of Formula One has to be my ultimate goal."

Di Resta, a cousin of three-times Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, said last week that he would be open to a switch to Indy Cars and the Ganassi seat vacated on medical grounds by his fellow Scot.

Germany's Nico Hulkenberg, Di Resta's team mate at Force India last year before moving to Sauber, has been tipped for a return to the Silverstone-based outfit with media reports of a preliminary agreement already in place.

The indications are that Mexican Sergio Perez will be joining him there.

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Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil of Germany (R) and Force India Formula One driver Paul di Resta of Britain drive during the third practice session of the U.S. F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone