Paul di Resta is positive that he can return to Formula 1 and is pushing as hard as he can to make it back onto the grid.
The Scottish driver made his debut in the sport back in 2011 for Force India and continued to drive for the team until 2013. He was left without a seat for this season after the Silverstone-based outfit opted to sign Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
While Force India has enjoyed its best ever start to a season, di Resta has been forced to move back to DTM – a series that he left back in 2010 as the champion. However, he is determined to return to F1 in the near future.
“I loved F1; I enjoyed every single thing about it,” he told the Scottish Herald newspaper. It’s the best racing there is and you are up there with la creme de la creme, so obviously it was disappointing not to get the chance to be involved this season.
“But you have to put up with setbacks and it’s how you react to these things which matter.
I am confident people have seen that I have the qualities to succeed in F1 but, of course, things keep changing in the sport, whether it’s the rules or the driver line-ups and, unfortunately, the situation arose where there wasn’t a place for me.
“I am still young enough to believe I can gain another opportunity and I am pushing as hard as I can to make it happen. It obviously helps if you can bring a lot of money to the table, but I worked hard to earn my chance in the first place and I’m not going anywhere.
“I want to be back in F1 and I will do whatever I can to fulfill that ambition.”
He added: “I am positive I can gain another drive in F1 and, if anything, I am even more determined than I was. The decision isn’t up to me, but I delivered good, steady performances and I have no doubt I can build on that.”
During his three-year stint in F1, di Resta scored a best finish of fourth place at the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix and 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix. His best championship position in the drivers’ standings was 13th place last year.
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