Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has said that the team are not rushing their 2014 driver decision and are considering all driver options available. He also admitted that it is unlikely they will make an announcement before their home Grand Prix in India at the end of the month.
He said: “We are considering all available options and we never take these decisions in haste. We have a competitive pairing at the moment, but we will sit down with the team management and discuss the way forward for next year. It’s unlikely we will make any decisions before the Indian Grand Prix in any case.”
Paul di Resta hasn’t scored a point for the last six Grand Prix’s. The last time he finished in the points was at the British Grand Prix in July and he is hopeful of returning to the top 10 this weekend. It is a track that he enjoys racing on: “It’s one of the best tracks we race on. For me it’s up there with Silverstone because it demands so much from the car. Running on low fuel for a qualifying lap is a great feeling and something I look forward to. It’s also a big technical challenge in terms of optimising the set-up and it’s very tough on tyres because of the high-speed corners.”
However he admits that it is impossible to predict how Force India will perform there: “It’s impossible to say at the moment. All we can do is go there and concentrate on optimising the car balance. We’ve been focussing more on race performance recently and hopefully that will pay off.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil believes that having past experience on the challenging Suzuka circuit is a big help, something that he has: “I would say Suzuka is one of my favourite tracks along with Spa. The difference is that Suzuka is more technical than Spa because it’s narrow and quite bumpy, so I think having more experience of Suzuka can help you make the difference. Because I raced in Japanese Formula Three, I have driven so many laps of this track and I probably know it a little better than some other drivers.”
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