Paul di Resta becomes 'visible' in F1's 2013 shop window
Scot's future in the sport secure with Force India deal in the bag
Last Updated: 25/09/12 4:01pm
Paul di Resta's management team are hoping that their client's career-best fourth place at Singapore will give the Force India driver greater 'visibility' as he continues to be linked with teams further up the F1 ladder.
Di Resta is certain to have a seat in F1 for 2013 with the Scot under contract to continue at Force India. However, the prospect of a team such as Mercedes, McLaren or Ferrari, all of whom are yet to finalise their driver line-up for next season, attempting to sign Di Resta has been heightened by the Scot's superb performance under the lights of Singapore on Sunday.
Following an acrimonious split from Anthony Hamilton earlier in the season, Di Resta recently joined Richard Goddard's management company, which is responsible for Jenson Button, and Goddard is sure that his new client will be in demand.
"He was fantastic in qualifying, and it was a fantastic drive from start to finish. It was brilliant and I'm ecstatic," Goddard enthused.
"It highlights the talent he has, although every team has been able to see how consistent he is anyway, and every team wants consistent qualifiers and consistent racers.
"It is one of Jenson's massive strengths that for lap after lap he produces the same time, and it's about getting the majority out of the car and also being clever in the use of tyres.
"Paul has also been able to demonstrate that, and the closer you finish to the podium and are on the podium, that's when you get recognised by more and more teams.
"So that's what his result will do for him. It will give him a lot more visibility."
With a contract under lock and key, Di Resta's future in the sport is secure, but Goddard is open to the possibility that another, perhaps more tempting, offer might soon be presented to the Scot.
"Obviously he is contracted to Force India at the moment, so there are no issues from that perspective.
"It's not like he is having to look around for another drive, but if he were looking, it would be a fantastic result."