Paul di Resta feels it was perhaps his age, rather than his ability, that kept him from securing a Williams race-seat for this year’s championship.
As the team’s reserve driver, di Resta was one of several in the running to partner Lance Stroll in 2018.
However, after much debate – and a few on-track tests – Williams are reportedly set to announce Sergey Sirotkin as their second driver.
“It was within touching distance again of getting the race drive, and it’s not happened,” di Resta told Crash.net.
“Whether my age is against me now, I don’t know.
“I enjoyed driving that race. I tried to represent the team as best I could with the limited time that I had.
“Ultimately it puts you back in the framework in some way.”
The 31-year-old, who previously raced for Force India, could now turn his attention to Formula E having tested with Jaguar in Marrakesh.
“[Williams’] decision will be taken very soon. It will be announced very soon.
“But as a driver you have to look after number one and that’s me personally.
“This is a championship that is just underneath the level of Formula 1, and as a professional driver, that’s what excites you.”