Paul di Resta says he is looking to try and qualify inside the top ten for just the second time this season in his home round of the F1 campaign at Silverstone this weekend.
The Force India driver heads into the British Grand Prix looking to return to the points for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix back in April, where he matched the tenth place finish he took in the season opener in Australia.
Having qualified well in recent events, just missing out on Q3 in both Canada and Valencia, di Resta said his target going into the Silverstone race was to try and make it into the top ten on the grid to give him the best chance of securing a third points finish.
“Coming to Silverstone as a Formula One driver will feel very special,” he said. “It's going to be one of the highlights of the season and a very busy weekend.
“My target is to hopefully make the top ten in qualifying. We've been there or there abouts for the last few races and we need to be there if we want to fight for points.”
The Scot added that the prospect of competing in front of the British fans was something he was particularly looking forward to having had the chance to sample the atmosphere during Friday practice last year.
“I remember last year that the atmosphere was just incredible,” he said. “The British fans love Formula One, the grandstands are always packed and the whole place feels alive. I can't wait to feel that buzz again this year.”