Paul di Resta says he will adopt a positive approach for his debut season in F1 despite refusing to set any targets for the year ahead.
The DTM title winner was confirmed in a race seat earlier this month before Force India revealed its new VJM04 yesterday [Tuesday], with the Scot set to sample the new car in Jerez later this week.
Much is expected of the youngster when he joins the grid but di Resta insists he isn't putting his targets on the record and prefers to just focus on the job at hand.
“I don't want to say exact targets on record as there are so many factors that can come into play,” he said. “What I do want to do is to have a positive approach, finish, be consistent and contribute strongly to the team's overall performance. We've got high aims of finishing in a good constructors' championship position and I know that I've got to play my part in this.
“Knowing I'll be on the grid in Bahrain hasn't changed me or my approach as I've always been committed to every task the team has given me. But like any promotion you need to work at it to understand what is required and how you can personally achieve that. I'm looking at it step by step and not letting it overwhelm me. It's a great opportunity and I want to make the most of it.”
Di Resta focused on Pirelli tyre work during last week's test in Valencia with the older VJM03 and he admitted that the session had been a good start to the year before the new car appears on track for the first time.
“It was a very productive test,” he said. “I did a few laps on Tuesday to get back into the swing of it and set a baseline and then got a full day on the Wednesday. As it was the VJM03 we weren't focussing on the times, it was more about getting data from the Pirelli tyres to feed back into the development of the VJM04.
“Everything went smoothly and we achieved our targets. For me it was also about getting back into the team environment, re-establishing the relationships I've built within the team and preparing as much as I can for the start of the season.”