Di Resta 'had personality make-over' for 2013

Paul Di Resta trying to become more media savvy

Mar.14 (GMM) According to some, a 'new' Paul di Resta has walked through the 2013 paddock turnstile.

Writing in London's Evening Standard, journalist Matt Majendie calls it an obvious "personality make-over", after Jenson Button's manager Richard Goddard took over the handling of his career.

"(Goddard has) clearly had a word with the Force India driver", Majendie said, after some observers suggested part of the reason for the Scot not getting the call to a bigger team was due to his lack of charisma.

Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1
Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1

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"In Formula One, being media savvy and pleasing sponsors is as important as raw speed," said Majendie.

Asked on Thursday by F1's official website, 26-year-old di Resta acknowledged that he has taken the criticism on board and made a change.

"Yes, probably," he said.

"But relationships actually do grow over time, so I think it is also something about being in the paddock long enough to get a reputation and have people's confidence and take things and comments the right way.

"I think it has been a good winter to look at all possible aspects of change," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Paul di Resta , Richard Goddard
Teams Force India
Article type Commentary
Tags 2013, force india, paul di resta