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GP Week : Issue 194
F1 >>> nEWs Paul di Resta’s legal dispute with former manager Anthony Hamilton is scheduled to go before London’s High Court at the end of the month, but the scot – currently fighting to stay on the grid next season – insists the upcoming legal tussle will not distract him from his racing. Di Resta sacked Hamilton, father and former manager of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, early last season after accusing the elder Hamilton of misleading him over a potential sponsorship deal with energy drinks company Go Fast which, in the end, was never completed. In response, Hamilton filed a lawsuit against the scot, alleging wrongful termination of his contract and a loss of earnings. “Not at all,” Di Resta was quoted as telling the Telegraph when asked if the court case was a distraction. “It’s all in other people’s hands. everything’s all set up ready. It’s an unfortunate thing. It’s something you don’t want to do but it’s the only way to resolve it. We’ll see. I can’t really say any more than that as it’s an ongoing legal issue.” The case could be settled before the parties actually fight it out in court on 27 November, the British newspaper reported, with Hamilton and di Resta’s new manager Richard Goddard spotted having a conversation at the Buddh International Circuit over the Indian Grand Prix weekend. Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh are also believed to be involved, with the two men having submitted statements related to the case. There is no doubt that the court case comes at an inconvenient time for di Resta, whose prospects of landing a drive next season are uncertain after a mixed year with Force India that has seen the scot put in some impressive drives but has also featured a lean run of five consecutive DNFs from the Hungarian Grand Prix in late July through to the Korean Grand Prix in early October. A mid-season change to the tyre construction has also hurt the team’s performance and Force India, sitting comfortably in fifth ahead of the likes of McLaren at one point in the season, are now looking over their shoulders at sauber having already yielded fifth to McLaren. The team are yet to announce their driver line-up for 2014, and several drivers other than di Resta and teammate Adrian sutil are believed to be in the frame for a seat. But di Resta says he is unconcerned by the uncertainty surrounding his future. “No, I don't think I'm worried about it,” di Resta told reporters over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. “At the end of the day, I've had some remarkable results this year. unfortunately, it's a difficult time at the moment but the management team, it's their job to be out there selling you and pushing your forward.” DATE SET FOR DI RESTA DISPUTE 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: