F1 » 5 October 2012
di Resta yearns for winning proposition
Paul di Resta admits that he is focused on making the most of his current situation, rather than focusing on a possible move to Ferrari.
Paul di Resta continues to be mentioned in connection with Felipe Massa's seat at Ferrari, but insists that there is little he can say about his immediate F1 future for the time being.
The Scot, now a regular top ten runner in his second year with Sahara Force India, has been among the rumoured replacements for Massa for much of the 2012 campaign but, with Ferrari refusing to pull the trigger on possibly the next most influential driver situation after that recently resolved by Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes, both of Vijay Mallya's drivers remain in limbo.
di Resta and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg both have options with Force India for next year and team owner Mallya has made no secret of his desire to field an unchanged line-up in 2013, but both remain candidates for a move to Maranello - even if they cannot talk about it.
"[There's] nothing [to say] at the moment," the Scot insisted, "Our team's policy is always not to talk about driver contracts and there's not much more I can say. Things have progressed quite a lot since Singapore and I'm sure the reactions to that will obviously be sorted soon."
Asked whether a move to Ferrari would be attractive, however, di Resta admitted that it had the potential to fulfil the dream of any aspiring F1 racer, even if it would probably mean playing second fiddle to current F1 points leader Fernando Alonso and carried the threat of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel being touted as a candidate to join the Spaniard in 2014.
"I've always said, coming through my career and into F1, the important thing is winning races and winning championships, and whenever the opportunity is given, that's the position I want to be in," the former DTM champion claimed, "Just now, obviously, with Force India, my mentality is different and results like we got in Singapore are big. That's the position I'm in. I've got six races up and coming to try and maximise, to do a job under the contract that I'm in."
The Singapore Grand Prix provided di Resta with a career-best fourth place and the Scot is optimistic that he can carry his form into this weekend's race at Suzuka and help Force India close the gap on Sauber in the battle for sixth spot in the constructors' championship.
"I suppose [our hopes are to] lead off where we finished in Singapore," he noted, "It was obviously a great result, [especially] given Monza qualifying and then taking the penalty [for changing a gearbox], having a reasonable race but then going to Singapore and doing a bit better. Certainly, it was a very strong fourth towards the latter stages of the race.
"A lot of points are needed, obviously, to try to catch the Saubers, [but] thankfully they didn't score [in Singapore]. But this will be a testing track for us and we know it's going to be a lot of hard work to try to achieve some good points."
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