Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:46
Too early to say di Resta slump a 'pattern' says Szafnauer - Force India has played down suggestions Paul di Resta has entered a "pattern" of less competitive Formula One drive performances.
Praised when he entered Formula 1 last year and initially enjoying the upper hand over Nico Hulkenberg this year, the 26 year old Scot was being consistently outclassed by his German team-mate by the second half of 2012.
With Hulkenberg moving to Sauber, Paul di Resta is expected to definitely keep his place at Silverstone based Force India for 2013.
But as for his apparently second rate second half of the 2012 season, sporting director Otmar Szafnauer insisted: "It's too early to speak of a pattern.
"But of course we also noticed what happened in the second half of the season.
"As for Paul, I would say we have that in mind," he is quoted by Speed Week.
It is believed almost certain that Di Resta will be paired with Adrian Sutil in 2013, reviving Force India's exact 2011 line-up.
Referring to Di Resta's late 2012 form, the Speed Week report commented: "Pattern? We should know more in the coming season."