Paul Di Resta admits he could miss out on F1 2014 amid scramble for midfield seats

Scot admits "there are other opportunities in a few other series"

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 20/11/13 3:59pm

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Paul Di Resta: Determined to stay in F1 into a fourth season

Paul Di Resta: Determined to stay in F1 into a fourth season

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Paul Di Resta says he is working hard to stay in F1, but admits he may find himself without a seat in 2014.

Force India are yet to officially announce their line-up for next season, but speculation is rife that both the Scot and Adrian Sutil could be replaced with Nico Hulkenberg linked with a return to the team alongside ousted McLaren driver Sergio Perez.

Di Resta says he would be an asset to the team and that he has made it clear to senior figures that he wants to stay.

"They know what I'm capable of here, they know what I can deliver. I feel like I'm an asset to the team," the 27-year-old said.

"But I can't make the decision for them, and I have to respect their decision.

"I've said all along I'd love to be part of it. I've expressed that to the senior management, bosses and the shareholders.

"Obviously, things are getting tighter in the midfield to get seats, so I have to be content with what I've done, and I believe over the last four races I've done what's been asked of me.

"I don't know what will happen. I've got to wait and see. We can only work in the background in trying to secure my Formula 1 future.

"We're speaking, and that's all you can do. All is not confirmed yet."

Should Di Resta miss out on a seat in F1, he has not ruled out a return to the DTM where he won the 2010 title with Mercedes.

"I've got interest, but my primary objective is to stay in Formula 1, and that's what I'm concentrating on," he added.

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"I built a good reputation in DTM, and there are other opportunities in a few other series. But I'll continue to live this dream I am in because I believe this is where I should be at the moment. I've put in the performances for that."

One series he hasn't considered, however, is IndyCar where his cousin Dario Franchitti won four titles before retiring from the sport following injuries suffered in a horrific crash on the streets of Houston.

"I've never really thought about it, to be fair," Di Resta said.

"I've always been slightly concerned about the safety of it, but sitting down and looking at it logically, it's a serious option to look elsewhere because of the success he has had.

"I'm not at that point yet, I've still a race to go and I'm doing as much as I can in this paddock to make sure I remain here."

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