Paul di Resta may leave Force India Formula 1 team

SCOTTISH Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta faces an uncertain future after Force India yesterday recruited German Nico Hulkenberg on a “multi-year deal” to spearhead the team in 2014.

Uncertain future: Paul di Resta. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Uncertain future: Paul di Resta. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hulkenberg, 26, tested and raced with Force India in the 2011 and 2012 seasons before joining Sauber, where he finished tenth in this year’s drivers’ standings. “I had to take a decision about my future, not to be left out or left without a seat and at Force India, I really felt they wanted me,” Hulkenberg said.

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Di Resta and Adrian Sutil were Force India’s drivers this season, but neither is sure of staying on for 2014. Sergio Perez, who has lost his place at McLaren to Kevin Magnussen, is also expected to move to Force India. “It doesn’t matter for me, I want to have a strong team-mate who is challenging me and I can challenge him so we can push the team forward,” Hulkenberg said.