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Di Resta weighing up next move

ESPN Staff
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Paul di Resta was given his Formula One debut by Force India last season © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta is currently assessing which move is the best one for his career but says the driver market is very uncertain at present.

Having recently split from his manager Anthony Hamilton, di Resta is without permanent management as he looks to secure a drive for 2013. Di Resta admitted that he'd rather get his future sorted out sooner rather than later but is focused on doing the best job for Force India as the longest season in Formula One history reaches its half-way point.

"I think you need to weigh up your options at any given point, because the biggest thing for me is making sure I'm in a Formula One car next year, and that's what I want to be," di Resta said. "At the end of the day we are only half way (through the season), I'm a Force India driver and I'm trying to do my best job possible for them - and I'm sure they're trying to get the best results for me. But I'm just trying to secure a drive for the future.

"It's like anything, you'd rather know but it's out of my control at the moment. There's two big weekends before the August break, I believe that's probably the time when you start to make sure you're putting yourself in the right places and making sure you know what you're doing."

Di Resta admits that his current lack of a full-time manager means thoughts about his future take up a lot of his time.

"It is a crucial decision, and I'll obviously be taking thoughts at the moment. I'll need to decide pretty quickly which way I want to go, but it's all just happening at the moment in the background and I'll deal with it when I've got time. I don't think anybody can say it's always in your own hands, I think it's what's happening as well; what movement goes on anywhere."

When asked if Mark Webber's decision to remain with Red Bull had any bearing on his decision, di Resta replied: "I wouldn't have thought so. None of it is. At the end of the day I don't know where [the driver market] is at the moment, I'm sure it's just seeing what stability's about and what's happening. There's a lot of talk about anybody, a lot of drivers moving at the moment ... there's drives everywhere isn't there?

"I honestly don't know where it is, it's fairly confusing what's going on at the moment. Even with Lewis [Hamilton] and what he's doing, I don't think anybody's got a true indication who's going in what direction."

When it was put to di Resta that there was currently a vacancy at Ferrari in 2013, he admitted it was an attractive move but said the key was getting a race-winning car in future.

"I think anybody would like to drive a Ferrari at some point in their life, what they represent in Formula One, what they've achieved and what they mean to the motor industry. Equally Mercedes, I've been a part of that family for a long time. I've always just said that I want to be winning races; winning races is the important thing, and winning championships. If I can get myself in to that position - whether that's here or with somebody else - that is the ultimate goal."