Axing Indian GP in 2014 is a shame: Paul Di Resta

Oct 12, 2013, 04:32 IST | Amit Kamath

Nearly a month after Sahara Force India's (SFI) Adrian Sutil expressed his disappointment at the axing of the Indian Grand Prix from the 2014 Formula One calendar, teammate Paul Di Resta has lamented the absence of the event.

The Indian GP has been dropped next year in a tweak to the racing calendar, only to be back in the first half of 2015.

Paul Di Resta
SFI’s Paul Di Resta

“It’s a shame that the Indian GP won’t be held next season,” Di Resta said on Thursday from Suzuka, which will host this weekend’s Japanese GP. “It (Indian GP) should be an enjoyable week this time though. We will look forward to the Indian fans coming out to support us,” he added.

On being asked whether the Indian GP, to be held on October 27, would bring extra pressure on the team and himself this time, Di Resta said: “There’s always pressure, but there won’t be any additional pressure on us at New Delhi this season.”

Despite the Scot indicating otherwise, there is bound to be pressure on him considering how the past few races have panned out. Di Resta has failed to see the chequered flag in the last four races.

These failures come on the heels of what was turning out to be Di Resta’s standout season, where he earned points in seven out of the eight opening races of 2013.

“Unfortunately, our performance has not been great over the last few weeks. It (situation) is not ideal.”

Another string of failures in the upcoming races could cost Di Resta his seat at SFI, but the Scot refuses to get drawn into the issue right now. “You will have to ask the team about their line-up for next season. It’s for them to take a call. Keeping your reputation high in Formula One is difficult, but I will try and live up to the reputation I had set in the first few weeks this season,” he added.

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