Paul Di Resta boosts chances of step up with performance in Singapore

 

Paul Di Resta's manager feels the Scot has made himself more visible in the driver market following his stunning performance in Singapore.

After starting from a joint career-high grid slot of sixth, Di Resta followed up with his best result in his two years in Formula One with fourth in what is arguably the toughest race of the season.

For the 26-year-old, who has been linked with a move away from Force India at the end of the year, Di Resta could not have hand-picked a better grand prix to showcase his talent and potential.

With new management appointed just over a fortnight ago in Richard Goddard, who has represented Jenson Button for many years, there is hope on the horizon with regard to a move to a bigger team.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Goddard said: "He was fantastic in qualifying, and it was a fantastic drive from start to finish. It was brilliant and I'm ecstatic.

"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 yesterday will do for him. It will give him a lot more visibility.

"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."

Press Association Sport has learned Di Resta already has a contract with Force India for next year, so is safe for 2013.

The difficulty is if a team like McLaren come calling, should Lewis Hamilton move to Mercedes, would they want to buy out the remaining year of Di Resta's Force India deal?

In moving up to 11th in the drivers' standings on the back of his result in Singapore, a point ahead of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher and seven behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Di Resta finds himself in good company.

Although enjoying his time with Silverstone-based Force India, he knows that to achieve the wins and possible titles he craves he has to move on one day - and he has no doubts he can succeed.

"I would like to think I am capable of stepping up to one of the bigger teams," said Di Resta.

"I have raced against the drivers at the top in the past and have had great battles with them and beaten them, but I'm not getting carried away.

"When the time is right hopefully someone will step up and give me the chance to do that because I want to be in a car that wins races week in, week out.

"I have worked with manufacturer teams before and there is a slight difference, but I will keep focusing on the job in hand just now because this is where my loyalties lie at the present.

"I enjoy being part of this team, even though it's hard work because the infrastructure we have is not quite what others have.

"But we've shown when you gather it all together you can get the performance, it's just making sure that happens weekend in and weekend out."

PA

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