Sept.28 – Anthony Hamilton Paul di Resta’s manager confirms, Paul has a seat for 2012 at Force India.
Di Resta is the best driver of the beginner in this season, and last race he was finished sixth at Singapore GP. The youngest speedy now finished in the points in three of the last four races after coming through a tough run leading up to the midway point of the campaign when luck was not on his side.
Anthony Hamilton is expecting to be given a perfect answer from owner Vijay Mallya by the end of next month.
Force India hold an option on Di Resta for 2012, and Hamilton sees no reason why it will not be enforced.
Hamilton told sportinglife: “Just purely based on his performances, I think he has a seat for next year.
“We’ve a long-term contract with these guys, they’ve been loyal to us, we’ve been loyal to them, and they’re a good team to be with. So I’m confident they’ll re-sign him for a second year, although I have not had any confirmation as yet, but then neither has anybody in the team.
“Naturally we’d all like to know now where we stand, but there are option dates in the contracts, and there is another month or so to go before they can be exercised. I’m confident they’ll be exercised on the date in question – if they’re not then I’ll be very upset – but I’m sure everything will work out well for Paul.”
Earlier this year Mallya claimed he “would be foolish to let go of a star”, and that Di Resta “is worth every penny” of his deal, with yesterday’s drive certain to have reinforced that view.
Hamilton, however, concedes that while there are no guarantees, he does “believe in Vijay. If you look at Paul’s performance in Singapore, I’ve been more impressed with him this weekend,” added Hamilton.
“He had never been to the track before, got on in the first session and was only a couple of tenths behind Adrian. He then had a technical issue in the second session and missed virtually all of it, but ran out in qualifying in the top 10, and as for the race, he was superb.
“On that level of performance you can only go forward. It’s looking very positive.
“I think everything is looking positive for Paul for next year.”
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