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Paul Di Resta says he is determined to remain in Formula 1 next season despite reports which suggest he will be axed by Force India.
The Scot ended the season 12th in the drivers’ standings while Force India finished sixth in the constructors table, which has cast doubt over Di Resta’s future with the team.
Reports have claimed that Sergio Perez, who has been axed by McLaren, will partner Nico Hulkenberg as the Force India drivers next season, meaning Di Resta faces an uncertain future in the sport.
“Who knows what the future holds? But I’ll be trying my damned hardest to stay in Formula 1,” said Di Resta.
“I’ve still got fire in my belly. I’ll still be racing competitively. Formula One has been a great experience and I hope it stays that way.”
On the whole Di Resta is happy with his season and says he hopes to stay on for a fourth campaign in 2014.
“Yes, there were a couple of races where we had a blip, but it was definitely strong,” said Di Resta.
“We’ve achieved our constructors’ position. I missed top 10 on the driver’s standing by one point, but at the end of the day, that’s the way it is.
“We can be very happy with what we’ve achieved. It’s about trying to see what’s right for the future and trying to take the right journey.
“There’s bigger things that stop us staying in the sport in the midfield. You have to accept it.
“People are saying it’s not budget-related, but there is things in there that say that, but, I’ll go with my head held high for the winter.”