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di Resta admits dual development efforts unlikely

Apr 4, 2013, 8:48 AM EST

Force India Formula One driver Paul di Resta of Britain reacts in the garage during the first practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur Reuters

Force India’s Paul di Resta admitted continuing a dual development program between 2013 updates and the new 2014 chassis is unfeasible.

Come mid-season, the focus will have to shift entirely to the new 2014 car and the new set of technical regulations, rather than being able to continue updates for the current car.

“What’s more important is that you have a good rate of development until June or July. Then they will switch off,” di Resta told Autosport. “How much do you focus on a car that goes out of date in the middle of November?”

As one of the midfield runners, Force India is in a position where it doesn’t need to push the rate of development quite as much for the current season at a certain point, because it won’t be in contention for either championship.

That leads the Scot to believe, particularly more this year than in past years, that the top teams could be compromised because of the joint development efforts.

“The pressure is not about coming out at the top next year as it is for the likes of Ferrari and McLaren,” he added.

Force India has confirmed it will retain Mercedes engines for 2014 and beyond.

  1. wallio - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Paul “A-Top-Team-Is-Going-To-Sign-Me-Any-Second-Just-You-Wait” DiResta. Always good for a soundbite. He learned from his cousin the now Ex-Mr. Ashley Judd.

  2. apexassassin - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Yeah, Paul may not have to worry about the 2014 car… so far Sutil has made him look awful.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    It’s a shame that McLaren didn’t grab di Resta instead of Perez. di Resti is an excellent driver but he’s driving for an undefunded team that probably will be gone by mid-season with all of the financial issues that Vijay has.

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