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di Resta looking forward to Silverstone return

Paul di Resta is looking forward to this weekend's British Grand Prix for a number of reasons.

As a Briton, Paul di Resta naturally wants to do well at his home grand prix at Silverstone, but has the added goal of wanting impress at what he claims is the biggest event of the year.

The Scot tackles his second British Grand Prix this weekend buoyed by a point-scoring run to seventh position at the recent European round in Valencia - a result achieved on a single tyre stop - and reckons that, with continued effort at the Force India factory across the road from Silverstone, there is no reason not to expect more of the same this weekend.

"For me, the British Grand Prix is the biggest event we go to, especially in terms of support from the British fans, which is always amazing," di Resta explained, "You feel it as soon as you arrive on the Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon because the fans are already there camping. The atmosphere is electric and I remember, last year, the drivers' parade was one of the highlights of the year – it really sent a shiver through me because of the reaction we received and the fact that there wasn't a seat left in the place."

Although Force India currently languishes in eighth place in the constructors' championship, Valencia provided its biggest points haul of the season - with di Resta and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg annexing 16 points to go with the 28 accumulated over the previous seven rounds - and the Scot expects the British GP to provide another boost in its bid to overhaul nearest rivals Williams and Sauber.

"I think we arrive at Silverstone feeling positive. The performance level we showed in Valencia was a boost for the team and, if we can build on that ahead of Silverstone, I'm optimistic we can continue to put on a strong show. The guys back at the factory are working hard to give us some developments in time for the weekend, so hopefully we can find a bit more performance."

While the likes of Suzuka, Spa and Monza frequently appear on the list of drivers' favourite circuits, di Resta remains in awe of Silverstone, particularly given the potential of an F1 car. Even with the hype surrounding a possible London Grand Prix, the Scot is a fan of the sweeping curves of the Northamptonshire circuit.

"It's the track that makes you really appreciate what a F1 car is capable of, especially the aerodynamic grip through the quick corners and the change of direction," he noted, "Everybody talks about Maggotts and Becketts, but there really is nothing else like them anywhere in the world. I also enjoy the new section and, every year we go back there, it gets better and better. The new layout has definitely created some more overtaking opportunities, especially with the introduction of DRS, so it's been the right move."



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