Paul di Resta says he is exctited by the prospect of making his race debut at Monza this weekend in the final race of the European F1 season.
Despite competing on a number of European circuits in both the F3 Euroseries and in the DTM, the Force India man has been limited to just last season's Friday practice when it comes to the Monza circuit, meaning this weekend will mark the first time he has raced at the famous Italian venue.
The Scot therefore goes into the final European race of the F1 season excited about his first race appearance at one of the most famous circuits in the sport and one where Force India has gone well in the past.
"Yeah, in all my years of racing it's just one of those tracks where I've never raced. In fact, free practice last year was my first experience of the track.
“It's so fast but you also need to be aggressive and use the kerbs to get the laptime. And because it's so low downforce, you have to adapt and drive in a different way. You need to be very precise on the brakes too, because it's easy to lock a wheel and if you miss your braking by just a metre it can cost you a lot.
"I'm fairly optimistic that Monza will suit us. In the past we were very strong there, but we have a different philosophy now and the car has worked well on all circuits. It's going to be another close midfield fight but I believe we can come away with some points."
Team-mate Adrian Sutil said he was also confident of a strong weekend in Italy for the Silverstone-based team.
"I think our car is more consistent on all tracks rather than just being strong on the quick circuits,” he said. “Also, because everyone is now using DRS and KERS, the advantage of our straight-line speed is not so significant. It's still a fast car, but we were seventh in Hungary on a high downforce circuit and got the same result in Spa on a low downforce circuit. So it's a very consistent car now and I expect a good race at Monza."