Paul di Resta’s manager Richard Goddard fears for his driver’s future after a difficult second half to the 2013 season. The Scottish racer has failed to score a point since the British Grand Prix in June.
His 2013 season started in impressive style with a strong run of points finishes, including a fourth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He scored in every race between China and Great Britain but has registered three retirements and three non-scores since then.
Goddard is worried about di Resta’s future as Force India consider their options for 2014. He feels that whist his driver’s results haven’t been good enough, the changes made to the Pirelli tyres and the team’s underperformance has been to blame.
He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “It is a tricky situation to be in. We’re still under option. We haven’t been told we’re not going to be signed. But if the option lapses and doesn’t get taken up, then it is a case of waiting to see if Force India come back to us and negotiate on a new basis.
“It’s difficult to determine because this last half of the season [di Resta] has been adversely affected by the tyres. He hasn’t produced the results he would want to produce, but overall it is the team under-delivering on what it should have delivered.”
He is also worried about the ever increasing queue of drivers with sponsor backing looking to get a drive in F1, feeling that this could also have an impact on di Resta’s future: “It’s difficult to know what will happen next year. There are a lot of drivers in the sport with money, and there are a lot of teams that need money. That is probably the biggest issue, that it is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car anymore.”
He added: “But Force India have always been very fair in that they have tended to put outright talent in the car, and they haven’t looked to a driver to bring in income, which is great.”
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