Di Resta in dark about his future with Force India
Force India driver Paul di Resta has been kept in the dark by team principal Vijay Mallya about his future with the team
Force India driver Paul di Resta has been kept in the dark by team principal Vijay Mallya about his future with the team.
Di Resta, however, said he would be "proud" if he is kept on with the team for the 2012 Formula One season. Mallya is likely to make an announcement on the driver line-up for 2012 by Thursday.
Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, a reserve and test driver, could be given the two race seats with Adrian Sutil making way. Sutil could join Williams or Hispania Racing Team.
"I can't say anything. The only thing that I can say is that I am still working closely with the team and helping with the new car," he told F1's official website. "I will do some simulator work over the next week and hopefully by then Mallya and his board will have made up their minds about their 2012 driver line-up," said Di Resta.
"Certainly I would be very proud to stay with them for another year. They have shown a lot of respect for me and a lot of faith in me. They've given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I am very thankful for that."
"Obviously I am really happy to have spent a year in Formula One as it has been a long-term ambition for me. It has been a pretty good year for me - and a pretty good year together with the team. It was a joyful experience, but also a lot of hard work."
"I definitely look back with good memories. Of course the memories could have been a bit better, but overall 2011 stands up quite positively and I think this experience can drive us further in the future and herald many more good years to come," he said.