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With the current championship past the halfway mark, the future for both the Force India drivers is seemingly open for next year.
Now in his third season with the team, Paul di Resta reasoned that it was still too early to discuss about his prospects next year but made it clear that he was seeking a more competitive machinery.
“A long away 2014,” the Scot told F1Pulse.com. “We have quite a big job to do. The momentum has been very good and we would like to continue that. We’d like to get some good results.
“Ultimately the goal for me is to secure a seat in Formula 1 and making sure I am happy with that. And in the not too distant future I’d like to win races and championships,” the 27-year-old pointed out.
Last year, di Resta was rumoured for a drive at a top team for 2013, an option which included McLaren. However, the prospect didn’t materialise. This year, like many other drivers, Ferrari is one of the teams that he has been linked with for a future.
Teammate Adrian Sutil, meanwhile, maintained that his future was “still open” suggesting that there has been no development since last month.
The duo’s future would depend on the results they produce in the final nine races, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.
New tyres introduced in the middle of the season, amid safety concerns, robbed the team of the advantage it held among its rivals, which has allowed McLaren to close in on the gap to Force India to two points for fifth place in the constructors’ championship.
“We definitely got a better understanding where we got it slightly wrong in Hungary,” said di Resta, recalling the Grand Prix where Force India failed to score. “At the end of the day we put nothing new on the car in Hungary and we struggled with the new construction. We believe we can get that back to form with all the tools and parts that we have.”
But with a wet weekend predicted, it may not give a lucid picture of how the tyres would hold for the Silverstone-based team and no indication whether Force India could keep McLaren at bay.
“A dry race is probably more suited to us in terms of hopefully understanding the car and making sure we get to grips with the performance,” di Resta explained. “It’s an important part of the season after the summer break to get some momentum.”
Sutil, however, was self-assured.
“Doesn’t really matter (whether it’s a wet or dry race)... I am good in both,” the German said firmly.
“We have a little bit more of an idea of what we can do (with the Pirellis),” added the 30-year-old. “It’s just about getting more peak out of the tyres out.”