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Italian GP: Paul di Resta not allowing driver market speculation to distract him

Paul di Resta, Force India, 2012Paul di Resta insists that he will not allow himself to be distracted by speculation about the possibility of joining a top team in 2013.

The Scot has been linked extensively to both McLaren and Mercedes, with both teams known to rate him highly. He has also been talked of as a potential Ferrari driver.

But amid renewed talk about Lewis Hamilton switching to Mercedes next year, he is not wasting time thinking about the possibility of a move to a big team.

"It's speculation," he said. "There has been a lot of noise in the press, but the focus has been on this weekend.

"We're coming to quite an important event. It's the last European race of the season before the flyaways and given the misfortune at Spa, I'm very keen to try and do something good here."

Di Resta believes that it is pointless him devoting time to thinking about the situation for 2013 right now because big-name drivers such as Hamilton are those dictating the possible opportunities for others.

"I don't know because I don't hold the key to it," says di Resta of what chances he might have for next year.

"It's always nice to have speculation. It's always nice to see the interest, but it's something that I can't let my brain run away with.

"I'm in the car tomorrow and expected to do a job. That is going to be the focus. But it obviously has become a year where there are possibly three teams that might be changing."

Di Resta's team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg, has also been linked with several of the same seats as di Resta.

But the Scot insists that this does not affect the intensity of the intra-team battle at Force India.

"There's always a battle," said di Resta. "Nico and my and have been on a fairly level playing field all year.

"When one does beat the other, it's usually by a close margin. It's a good in-house battle and we're both going forward with the team."

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