Force India rookie Paul di Resta is confident he can put in another good performance at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, despite failing to score in either of last two F1 appearances.
The Scot, who began the season with back-to-back tenth places in Australia and Malaysia, just missed out in China and was then posted a DNF in the Turkish Grand Prix when the team told him to park up following his final pit-stop. Despite that, he is looking forward to this weekend's visit to the Circuit de Catalunya, knowing that he won't have to waste time getting to know the layout.
"I probably know Barcelona better than any other track on the calendar, as we did two tests there in the winter and I had four days in the car, so I already feel quite well prepared," he pointed out in the build-up to the race, "In fact, it's a track that all the drivers know like the back of their hand, and the teams have so much data already [that] it's usually a race where all the teams bring upgrades, so we will need to take a step forward if we want to stay in the mix."
Despite having clocked up 635 laps at Montmelo during winter testing – the equivalent of nearly 3000km or ten race distances - Force India, like its rivals, continues to work on developments for the VJM04, and di Resta is hopeful that some of those will find there way onto his car before too long.
The aim for the weekend is to hopefully get back in the points," he stressed, "We evaluated a new front wing in Istanbul and we hope to have more steps coming through in the near future. The team has been working hard on this new concept and everybody is quite upbeat about its race introduction, so that's something to look forward to. We've been pretty close to the top ten in all the races so far this season, so hopefully we can stay in the hunt."
Team owner Vijay Mallya admits that it was frustrating not to be able to commit to running the latest wing design at the last round in Turkey, but is confident that the development, when it debuts, will make an immediate contribution to the team's performance.
"We have some upgrades to bring to the car in the coming races and I'm excited to see how things will unfold," the Indian confirmed, "We started evaluating those changes by running a new front wing during free practice at the last race in Turkey. It was a shame that it was wet because it limited our test programme and we chose not to run those new parts for the race.
"We are now analysing what we learned and, hopefully, we can add this new package to the car either in Barcelona or Monaco, depending how things go. When our new aerodynamic developments are in place, I'm confident we can take a step forward in terms of performance."