Paul di Resta says he is eager to challenge for podium finishes during the 2013 F1 season to make up for the disappointment at missing out on a potential move to one of the top teams on the grid.
The Scot was linked with the likes of McLaren
over the course of 2012 but will instead stay with Sahara Force India
for a third straight season having missed out on the opportunity to ink a deal with one of F1's leading outfits.
Eager to show other teams what they may have missed out on, di Resta said he was now keen to impress for his Silverstone-based squad in 2013 after a season that ended in disappointing fashion with his accident late on in Brazil.
“Of course it was flattering to be linked to those seats,” he told the Scotsman
, “but I won't deny I was disappointed when both teams opted to go down another route.
“It's just fired me up even more to go out and deliver next season. Of course you want to be in a car capable of regularly winning races and, ultimately championships. All I can do is go out next season, and deliver. If I do that, and it attracts a bigger team, then so be it. At the moment I'm paid to race for Sahara Force India, and I'll be giving it 100 per cent when we line up on the grid for the season opener in Australia in March.”
Di Resta added that a podium finish was the aim for his third season on the grid, although he was keen to stress that he doesn't want to simply 'luck in' to a good result.
“I certainly want a podium “and then I want to be on it again. That's the target. But I don't want to luck-in to a podium. For me, it has to be a well-earned top-three finish, one which we can build on. We need to do it on merit, and I certainly believe it's achievable.
“But to do it, we need a car capable of delivering fast, sustainable pace right through not only a race weekend, but also the whole season.
“We're hoping to finish fifth overall in the Constructors' Championship next season. Personally, my first objective is to at least get back to sixth. Anything more than that would be a bonus.”