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Di Resta surprised his team-mate hasn't been confirmed

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Paul di Resta's team-mate has not yet been announced for 2013 © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta has admitted he is surprised Force India has not announced its driver line-up for this season yet.

Di Resta is expected to stay at the team but it is not yet clear who will join him. Ex-Force India driver Adrian Sutil and test driver Jules Bianchi are thought to be in with a chance of securing the drive, but di Resta could only say that an announcement would be made in due course.

"I am surprised there has been nothing yet," he was quoted by Sky Sports. "The team have said they will announce it in good time as to where they are going to be, and I have to respect that."

Di Resta said the uncertainty over his team-mate was having a bit of an impact on him as he prepares for the new season.

"Ultimately it does," he added. "But at the end of the day I know my job, and I am fully focused on what I need to achieve at the moment.

"Whether that is managing my time, booking flights, working with the engineers, or whatever. I know who my team are, who my mechanics are. There are some new faces in that, which means we will be stronger again.

"But I'm feeling quite good about it, very positive. I've been at the factory and the vibe is very high."