Paul di Resta has secured the services of a new management team. The Force India driver has agreed to terms with The Sports Partnership management stable, a company jointly founded by Jenson Button and his manager, Richard Goddard.
Di Resta has been without management representation since the Chinese Grand Prix, when he sacked his then-manager, Anthony Hamilton – father of Lewis Hamilton – after the pair disagreed over the terms of a sponsorship deal Hamilton had brokered on di Resta’s behalf. Hamilton has subsequently launched legal proceedings against di Resta in London’s High Court of Appeal.
With the Scot’s 2013 services the subject of many rumours – not least of which being hotly-tipped to move teams should vacancies appear at either Ferrari, McLaren or Mercedes – it was high time for di Resta to shore up his management representation.
"It’s no secret that I have been looking for new representation and I am delighted to have found this with The Sports Partnership," di Resta said in a media release.
"Having seen what they’ve achieved with other clients, in and out of the sport of F1, it became clear that it was the right way to go.
"Having the right team behind me will allow me to focus on what’s important, which is to continue to develop as a driver, further my career in F1 and ultimately fight it out for race wins and a World Championship."
"Paul is unquestionably a serious talent and a star of the future," added Goddard, who was widely credited with Jenson Button’s high-profile switch to McLaren in the 2009-10 off-season.
"We will ensure Paul is able to simply concentrate on the job at hand and enable him to realise his full potential."