Di Resta: Count me in for championship battle.

“I think the strongest performance we were going to have was at the Norisring, but it rained before qualifying and I had never driven the car in the wet. That hampered us because we were in at least the top three in every session, including the warm-up, and it was all under control. We qualified eighth which wasn't too bad, but then got taken out at the first corner and still managed to set the second-fastest race lap.

“There were a couple of times when we thought 'ok, we've got the pace'; I would say we definitely had the pace to win the first race at Hockenheim, and didn't due to inexperience and some other issues. If you take that into account I think we were in a strong position come the end of the year.

“I now have a year under my belt, and I'm not going in as a rookie anymore; I'm going in as a title contender. Hopefully people will think of me in that way, and I want to make an impact quite soon, score as many points as I can and progress on in the championship. I went in last year expecting to [win races], so hopefully this year what we expect we will do.”

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Foo Atari

February 18, 2008 5:21 PM

Was highly impressed with DeRista last year. Was a shame he couldn''t get a package together for GP2 last year as I think he would have been pretty good. He clearly has the speed and the talent. Hope he does well this year.

penelope pitstop - Unregistered

February 21, 2008 1:55 PM

I agree with both previous comments, I too was fortunate to see Paul Di Resta actually racing in person & was blown away with his performances - also he is a really nice guy. Good Luck for 2008 season - definately one to watch. :)

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