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2013-11-26 12:39

RACE SEAT NEEDED: Force India's Paul Di Resta could be out of the 2014 Formula 1 season. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Force India's Paul di Resta is in danger of being the man who misses out on a 2014 race seat as the tempo quickens in F1's game of musical chairs.

Resta wants to stay for a fourth season but. with more drivers than places available and talk of others already being lined up for his job, he isn't confident about his prospects.

INDY CAR SWITCH?

"I have no idea," he said. "I need everybody's help if I can get it. I've done what's asked of me when the car is under me and... who knows? I'll be in competitive racing...but remaining part of F1 has to be my ultimate goal."

Resta, a cousin of three-times Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, said he would be open to a switch to Indy Cars and the Ganassi seat vacated on medical grounds.

Resta's team mate Nico Hulkenberg has been tipped to return to Force India with media reports of a preliminary agreement already in place and indications are that former McLaren driver Sergio Perez will partner Hulkenberg at Force Indian in 2014.

WARM WORDS

Perez, whose place at McLaren is being handed to 21-year-old rookie Kevin Magnussen, finished his stint with the team in sixth place at the 2013 Brazilian GP.

Asked about Perez’s prospects of ending up at Force India, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said: "We have done what we can to help out getting him in there and he deserves to be in F1. It is a complicated sport these days and there are drivers with less talent than Paul who will be in the sport - either entering the sport or remaining in the sport - and that is sad.

"It hasn't been announced yet but I think it's been fairly well speculated that is what is likely to happen."

Speaking to reporters after the race, Perez sounded optimistic about his chances: "It's not confirmed yet. Obviously it is one of the options but there are also other options out there. I hope in the next few days we are going to have some news."

Pastor Maldonado is seen as the man who will stop the music and trigger a dash for seats once he has decided whether to opt for Lotus or Sauber.

‘NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU SIGN’

Lotus have enjoyed a winning car in2013 but with financial difficulties, there are no guarantees of success in 2014 when the regulations undergo dramatic change with a new V6 turbocharged engine being introduced.

Maldonado, whose place at Williams has been taken by Ferrari's Felipe Massa, commented: "We have been working very hard since many months ago and now we are just waiting for confirmation - all the stuff that you need to do with contracts. Until you sign, you never know."

Lotus is sure to retain Romain Grosjean, while Force India's Adrian Sutil has been linked to Sauber if he does not stay at his current team.
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