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di Resta focused on Monza after Spa disappointment

Paul di Resta and Sahara Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg are determined to net another double points finish at the Italian Grand Prix.

Paul di Resta admits that he has put his Belgian Grand Prix frustration behind him in order to focus on the unique demands produced by Monza at this weekend's Italian round.

The Scot had to settle for tenth and a single point at Spa-Francorchamps, but had been running as high as fourth in the early stages, as the carnage at La Source allowed some unexpected faces to enjoy rarefied air.. However, without the full potential of his car's KERS system, he was powerless to prevent himself from being pushed back down the order, while Sahara Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg finished just a couple of seconds shy of a podium place.

“It's not what you want to hear, 30 minutes before the start of the race, that KERS isn't working,” di Resta told The Scotsman newspaper earlier this week, “I knew then, before we started the race, that I wasn't going to have KERS for the whole race. That meant that, whether I was attacking, or the one being attacked, I was always a sitting duck and always the one who was going to come off second best.

“It's poor, because I think we had a good car, and especially given what happened at the first corner. I was vulnerable right through the race - we just couldn't do anything with the car I had."

Now heading to Italy for the final European round of the 2012 season, di Resta is determined to bounce back.

"{Put it behind you] - that's all you can do," he said, closing the door on Spa, "[Monza] is one of those really special races and a venue where you can really appreciate the history of the sport. It's also another place where the fans really get behind F1 and always create a brilliant atmosphere.

"It always takes a while to get used to the car because we run with a lot less downforce compared to any other circuit. Your braking distances increase and we're travelling about 25km/h faster than we do all year. So adapting to that quickly and getting up to speed is always a challenge. [A quick lap at Monza] is mainly about getting the brakes right. You need to have your brake balance spot on and it's not easy when you're changing fuel load – especially in practice and on low fuel in qualifying. You also need to be aggressive and use the kerbs to get the lap-time."

Team-mate Hulkenberg naturally heads to Monza on a high, particularly with his name continuing to be mentioned as a potential replacement for the beleaguered Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2013. For now, however, the young German remains fully concentrated on the job at hand.

"I really enjoy Monza - it is the last high-speed circuit of the year and the atmosphere is just brilliant," he enthused, "Obviously, every team brings a new wing configuration to Monza because the track is so unique, so we have to wait and see how our aero package performs there. The target remains more points on Sunday."

Having shown what the VJM05 is capable of, albeit aided in part by the removal of some cars likely to have been ahead of it, Hulkenberg is keen to repeat his Spa performance this weekend.

"Fourth's a great result for us - it's my best finish in F1 and the twelve points scored moved us up a place in the constructors' championship," he reflected, "We clearly benefited from the start crash but, after that, we were strong, had good pace and were able to fight a Red Bull, a Ferrari and a Lotus. So we made the most of the situation and deserved to pick up the points.

"We were always in contention for the podium and, when I got ahead of Raikkonen up into second place, I thought it might be possible. The result shows that we are not too far away and, with eight races to go, we will try our best to get a podium before the end of the year. But [Belgium] was just one race and our focus is to try and repeat this sort of race pace for the rest of the year."



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