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GP Week : Issue 196
F1 >>> nEWs Paul di Resta made headlines earlier this week after admitting that he would consider switching to a career in the united states should he lose his Force India seat. A potential drive in IndyCar with Ganassi Racing could be in the offing after di Resta’s cousin, four- time IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti, announced his retirement from motor racing. Franchitti made the decision after doctor’s advice following his accident at the Houston street circuit in October. “I wouldn’t rule out anything. I’ve openly said I would discuss it with Dario, but it’s obviously been quite hard because this season is so long,” said di Resta, who expressed a wish give to give his cousin more time to recover before seeking his guidance. Franchitti was the BRDC Autosport Young Driver award winner in 1992, while di Resta took the same honours in 2004. A move to IndyCar wouldn’t put di Resta in uncharted waters, with Takuma sato, sebastien Bourdais, Justin Wilson, Rubens Barrichello, and even Jean Alesi (albeit for one race) all having driven in America’s premier open-wheeler category. Despite potential options in the states, di Resta is adamant he will exhaust all his options in Formula One before making any efforts overseas. “I'm tenth in the drivers’ standings. At this point in the year it’s my best year and yet I still find myself in difficulties,” the scottish racer said. “It’s hard to accept but I've got to understand where Formula One is at the moment in the midfield.” With news that Nico Hulkenberg has been offered a two-year deal at Force India (in Austin it was rumoured the German had already signed) di Resta looks to be out of a seat, as Adrian sutil is widely believed to have re-signed for the team for 2014. In 2013 di Resta has scored more points than he did last year, and it is testament to his talent that he still sits tenth in the championship despite a run of bad luck in the middle of the season, with a string of five consecutive retirements bookended by two non-points finishes. Moreover, the scot has outscored sutil. Before the last race in Brazil, di Resta had also outscored several other drivers still looking for a seat next year, including Nico Hulkenberg, sergio Perez, and Pastor Maldonado. There is no denying his stock has fallen since being linked with a Ferrari seat at the end of 2012. DI RESTA PUTS US DEAL ON HOLD 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: