Force India won't stop Di Resta

Wednesday 26-June-2013 12:01

Force India have assured Paul Di Resta that they will not prevent him from moving to one of the bigger Formula 1 teams.

The Scot has enjoyed a hugely impressive season so far in 2013, scoring double the amount of points as his teammate Adrian Sutil on the way to eighth place in the Drivers' Championship.

Di Resta is contracted with Force India until the end of 2014, but with vacancies possibly opening up at the likes of Red Bull and Lotus, Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley says they will not stop him leaving.

"Paul is contracted to us anyway for next season, so the question is whether somebody else comes in, so it won't be our decision," Fernley said.

"Whether Paul has to be released, or whatever, that can only come from him. But we wouldn't stand in his way. That's not our policy. If a driver feels he is better somewhere else, what would be the point in keeping him?

"We proved that at the end of last year with Nico Hulkenberg (who joined Sauber). Did we want to lose Nico? Not at all.

"He was a great member of our team, but we didn't get in the way of that particular move.

"We then proved by bringing in Adrian (Sutil) we are capable of recovering from such a situation and carrying on as normal.

"Maybe Nico is asking a few questions himself today, although last year it didn't look such a bad option."

Fearnley added that he remains hopeful of keeping up their good showing this season, which has seen Force India move in front of McLaren in the Constructors' Championship.

"I don't think we should be frightened of anything," added Fernley.

"We've been on every variation of track over the seven races so far and we've performed well at all of them.

"I think we can hold our top-10 qualifying position - assuming we can get that bit right - and it will all fall out in the race again.

"But we are genuinely the fifth quickest team out there at the moment. I don't think there is any doubt about that."

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