Paul di Resta is hopeful the Force India F1 team will be able come back stronger when the F1 2011 season resumes in Turkey in less than two weeks time.
The Scot has had a good start to his rookie year and scored on his debut in Australia, when he finished up in tenth in his VJM-04 after the two Sauber's were disqualified. He then followed that up with another top-ten in Malaysia and came close to making it three points' finishes in a row in China last weekend. It has all left him feeling very upbeat.
“The races have been great fun [so far], and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year, and hopefully getting some more performance,” said the 25-year-old in an interview with the official FIF1 website.
“We're not far away just now. I don't know the Istanbul Park track at all, but I'll get some Friday morning running. Hopefully we'll have a good session. It's been a very busy four weeks, and I've never done three races in four weeks. It's been good, but some rest is welcome now, and hopefully I'll come back stronger.”
Asked about last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, he added that it was 'unfortunate' he finished one place outside the points.
“We did a very good job in qualifying [in Shanghai], but at the same time we had a Mercedes and two Renaults behind us, quick cars, plus Mark Webber's Red Bull! So it was always going to be tough to stay in a points' position,” he continued.
“We came very close, but we just ran out of tyres at the end. Maybe the strategy wasn't right. But I think that what didn't help my weekend was the fact that we missed all of FP2.
“I think we have got to be very positive though, given our relative performance. We got what we could out of it, and it just wasn't quite enough, unfortunately,” he summed-up.