Paul di Resta has said he sees potential for Force India
to get some 'big results' in the second half of the season.
The Scot has scored 27 points so far this year and while that puts him eight up on team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg, he will be looking for a stronger end to F1 2012. Indeed he will be keen to improve on the sixth place he managed in Bahrain, his best result this year, thus far.
He also knows strong results are vital if Force India
are to make progress in the constructors' championship and close up on Williams
“There's still a long way to go in the championship," he remarked, "but we do need to get back to scoring regular points.
“Last year we ended the season strongly and we need to do the same this year. Williams
are not too far ahead of us but Sauber have a big points advantage and it's going to be a big task to overcome that. But we won't give up.
"We'll keep pushing and see what we can do. We definitely have the potential to get some big results before the end of the year.”
As for the Belgian Grand Prix
next weekend, di Resta can't wait to get there: “Spa is a great place to begin the second part of the season. It's one of the best tracks in the world and it always feels special to go back there," he continued.
"I never had the chance to race there a lot in my junior career so it's nice to be able to go there and experience such an impressive range of corners in a F1 car."
Hulkenberg is also looking forward to going to Spa-Francorchamps: “It was nice to have a break and cool down a little, but to be honest it has been long enough now and I'm looking forward to getting back to the racing,” added the German.
“Spa is a great track. There's just such a great flow to the circuit with some mighty corners that are incredible. It's definitely one of the best places to drive a F1 car to feel the performance through the high-speed corners. It is one of my favourite tracks.”
So what are his targets for the remaining nine races? “I hope that we can make another step forward and can consistently score good results.
"We are eighth in the [constructors'] championship right now and clearly we want to make a big, big effort to improve on that in the coming races,” Hulkenberg concluded.