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Manager fears for di Resta future

ESPN Staff
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Paul di Resta retired from three consecutive races due to driver error in Italy, Singapore and Korea © Sutton Images

Paul di Resta's manager admits he fears for his driver's future after a poor second half to the season.

Having started 2013 so impressively - scoring points in seven of the first eight races - di Resta's form has dropped off and he retired from four consecutive grands prix before finishing 11th in Japan. Di Resta's manager, Richard Goddard, admits his driver's results have not been good enough recently but believes that the team is essentially to blame.

"It is a tricky situation to be in," Goddard is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. "We're still under option. We haven't been told we're not going to be signed. But if the option lapses and doesn't get taken up, then it is a case of waiting to see if Force India come back to us and negotiate on a new basis.

"It's difficult to determine because this last half of the season [di Resta] has been adversely affected by the tyres. He hasn't produced the results he would want to produce, but overall it is the team under-delivering on what it should have delivered."

And Goddard admits the increasing number of drivers with sponsorship could count against di Resta.

"It's difficult to know what will happen next year. There are a lot of drivers in the sport with money, and there are a lot of teams that need money. That is probably the biggest issue, that it is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car any more. But Force India have always been very fair in that they have tended to put outright talent in the car, and they haven't looked to a driver to bring in income, which is great."