Di Resta says F1 driver market still open despite Webber's Red Bull deal

Paul di Resta believes that the Formula 1 driver market is still wide open as the season approaches its summer break

Di Resta says F1 driver market still open despite Webber's Red Bull deal

Mark Webber's recent deal to stay on at Red Bull has prompted speculation that there will not be many changes in the top teams for 2013, which would in turn lead to many drivers further down the grid staying put.

But with the likes of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa yet to sign deals to stay on with Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari respectively, di Resta thinks there are still a lot of options for anybody looking to move.

"There's a lot of talk about drivers moving at the moment," di Resta told reporters in the Hockenheim paddock. "There are drives everywhere.

"It's fairly confusing what is going on at the moment, even with Lewis. I don't think anybody has got an indication of who is going in which direction.

"I honestly don't know where everything is. It's about seeing what stability is around and what is happening with everybody."

Di Resta, who is without a manager at the moment after splitting with Anthony Hamilton, confirmed that he is still working alone, but that he was taking advice from various parties including Jenson Button's management. And he added that his prime focus was making sure that he stays in Formula 1 for a third consecutive season, rather than chasing a drive at a particular team.

"You need to weigh up your options at any given point, and the biggest thing for me is making sure I am in a Formula 1 car next year," he said. "We are only halfway through the season, and I am trying to get the best results for Force India.

"There's still two [race] weekends to go and I believe [after] that is the time when you start to make sure you are putting yourself in the right places and making sure you know what you are doing.

"It is a crucial decision. I'll need to decide pretty quickly what way I want to go. It's in the background and I'm dealing with it when I've got time."

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