Paul di Resta has said the Force India F1 team will be looking to do even better this season.
The Scot will make his debut at the top level this year and given how the Silverstone-based outfit did in 2010 - scoring 68 points in total and only just missing out on sixth place in the Constructors' championship, one point behind Williams – the whole team will be hoping the new VJM04 will allow them to do the business.
“Our expectations this year are high - higher than last year,” di Resta said in an interview with the official F1 website. “We've nearly achieved what we said we would do and the workforce has really concentrated all their efforts on this year's car, so when we get to Bahrain we will have more of an indication of where we are.
"Things are moving on progressively - and as long as it is going in the right direction we should be in reasonable shape. We are aiming at midfield or above,” he added.
As for himself, di Resta believes he is ready to make the most of his chance at the top level: “I think I'm as well equipped as I can be. You can only do your best [though] and hope that it is enough. I've certainly had some key people that have helped me and gave me influence and help that you cannot buy and I hope I will use that,” he continued. “It is a bit of a learning curve and it is a huge task, but I am very excited and eager to make it happen.”
But did he ever fear he wouldn't get the chance in F1?
“You can always fear. All drivers have to cope with the limited number of places on the grid and at the end of the day we are all here to perform and we all need to keep the level of performance high every single day to be kept on.
“Indications were relatively good last year and I feel very comfortable being part of this young team and I hope that in the future many good things will come our way,” he concluded.