After a frustrating few weeks, Paul di Resta is looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix as he hopes to bring the curtain down on 2012 with a few more points.
The Scot has scored just one in the last five races, and even received a new chassis as Force India sought to overcome handling problems that di Resta felt were hampering his ability to match team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. The German has overhauled di Resta in the standings during the run-in, and currently leads their personal battle by seven points – leaving the Scot needing the equivalent of sixth place in Sao Paulo to redress the balance.
However, after his recent run of frustration, simply getting back into the top ten would be a result in itself for di Resta, who admits that he is happy to be putting the 'Tilke tracks' behind him.
“After three races on very new circuits, it will make a nice change to go back to one of the classic old-school tracks,” he acknowledged, “I enjoy the [Interlagos] circuit but, at the same time, it's quite tricky because of the undulating layout and there are some unusual corners. It's also quite a tough track on your neck because of the anti-clockwise layout and the high number of left-hand corners.”
While the eyes of the F1 world will be on the battle between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso for the world championship, di Resta knows that there is much more to occupy the attention, and much of it could affect the way the entire race plays out.
“It's a circuit that usually produces good racing, but there's also talk of rain, which would add another element into the mix,” he noted, before reflecting on a campaign that he hopes can end on a high on Sunday.
“I think, as a whole, it has been a good year and, for me, the standout races are Bahrain and Singapore – races where everything came together,” he admitted, “The second half of the season has been more mixed but, when you look at the results on paper, it certainly doesn't tell the whole story.
“For various reasons, some good results slipped away from us and we've had issues that held us back while we tried to understand them. The last race in Austin was looking very positive to begin with but, after my pit-stop, I just could not get the tyres to work, so I'm hoping that the conditions in Brazil will suit me better.”