Force India defers naming second driver

By Adam Hicks, 1 February 2013
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SILVERSTONE, England -- Force India remained tight-lipped over who will partner Paul di Resta in 2013, despite the start of the pre-season test just days away.

The team launched its new car at Silverstone on Friday, but refused to reveal who would be taking Nico Hulkenberg’s seat with the German having departed for Sauber.

Without a reserve driver in place either, di Resta is the team’s only confirmed driver this year but the Scot doesn’t think it has been too detrimental.

“It’s a strange feeling obviously not to have a second driver or a reserve around, but it’s not hampering my preparations in anyway shape or form,” di Resta explained.

“I can only read what the press are saying about who’s in the shortlist for it. Essentially it’s not my decision and it’s not something I want to get involved in. I just want to focus on what I’m doing.”

The 26-year-old wasn’t concerned who his teammate was as long as he would push himself and the team forward.

“When they bring somebody in I just want somebody that’s fast, competitive, somebody I can work with, develop forward and represent this team the way we should and as I’ve done over the past few seasons,” he pointed out.

Bob Fernley, the team’s deputy principal, was also on hand to deal with the long-standing driver situation.

“The shareholders will make a decision in due course. They have a shortlist and will announce the second and reserve driver before the second Barcelona test.”

With testing at Catalunya not starting until February 19, the decision suggests that di Resta will have the first test at Jerez to himself.

 

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