Updated: 26/09/2012 11:21 | By pa.press.net

Di Resta drive was 'brilliant' - Goddard



Paul Di Resta finished the Singapore GP in fourth place

Paul Di Resta finished the Singapore GP in fourth place

Paul Di Resta's manager feels the Scot has made himself more visible in the driver market following his stunning performance in Singapore.

After starting from a joint career-high grid slot of sixth, Di Resta followed up with his best result in his two years in Formula One with fourth in what is arguably the season's toughest race. For the 26-year-old, who has been linked with a move away from Force India at the end of the year, he could not have hand-picked a better grand prix to showcase his talent and potential.

Richard Goddard, who has represented Jenson Button for many years, said: "He was fantastic in qualifying, and it was a fantastic drive from start to finish. It was brilliant and I'm ecstatic. It highlights the talent he has, although every team has been able to see how consistent he is anyway, and every team wants consistent qualifiers and consistent racers."

He continued: "It is one of Jenson's massive strengths that for lap after lap he produces the same time, and it's about getting the majority out of the car and also being clever in the use of tyres.

"Paul has also been able to demonstrate that, and the closer you finish to the podium and are on the podium, that's when you get recognised by more and more teams. So that's what his result yesterday will do for him - it will give him a lot more visibility.

"Obviously he is contracted to Force India at the moment, so there are no issues from that perspective.

"It's not like he is having to look around for another drive, but if he were looking, it would be a fantastic result."

Press Association Sport has learned Di Resta already has a contract with Force India for next year.

The difficulty is if a team like McLaren come calling, should Lewis Hamilton move to Mercedes, would they want to buy out the remaining year of Di Resta's Force India deal?

In moving up to 11th in the drivers' standings on the back of his result in Singapore, a point ahead of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher and seven behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Di Resta finds himself in good company.

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