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Di Resta steers clear of McLaren speculation

ESPN Staff
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Paul di Resta insists he is focused on Force India this weekend © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta does not want to get sucked into speculation surrounding the future of McLaren's and Mercedes' driver line-ups, but has said it is crucial to get a new management team in place soon.

Speculation that Hamilton will move to Mercedes has seen di Resta linked with a move to McLaren for 2013. However, di Resta said he does not want to be distracted by the stories at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

"It's speculation and it's no different to how it has been," he said at Monza on Thursday. "Obviously there's been a bit of noise in the press but the focus is on this weekend. We're coming to quite an important even as the last European event before the flyaways and after our misfortune in Spa I'm very keen to try and do something good here."

However, he said it was obvious that changes could happen at some of the top teams before next season.

"I don't hold the key to it [the driver market]. It's always nice to have the speculation and see the interest and where it's gone, but it's something I can't let my brain run away with. It's a race weekend and I'm in the car tomorrow and I'm here to do a job and I've signed to do a job with Force India. That is going to be the focus. It's obviously going to be a year where possibly three teams could be changing."

Earlier this year Di Resta split with his manager, Anthony Hamilton, and he said he would make an announcement soon about his management going forward.

"Time is now starting to get crucial, I think. But I believe every year at this time of the year this race seems to spring up some surprises and some talk. I've said what I've said and I'm not going to go back on it. It will be rather soon that I give an indication of where I'm going [with my management]."

His Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has also been linked to several drives at top teams, but di Resta said the battle within the team was still healthy.

"There's always inner-team battles, but the way Nico and I have been it's been a pretty even playing field all year. We're close to each other and when one does beat the other it's by a close margin. It's obviously quite a young driver line-up we've got, but I think it's a good in-house battle."