Paul di Resta says he is eager to get back on track this weekend in Shanghai to make up the missed opportunity of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Scot was unable to make the most of a quick car at Sepang after wheel-nut issues led to Sahara Force India
retiring both its cars from the race.
The team did however show strong pace with the VJM06 and di Resta said he was eager to try and score more solid points in the first of two back-to-back races.
“I am really looking forward to the next two races in China and Bahrain,” he said. “We were unlucky not to get any points in Malaysia, but we can take some positives from the performance we showed on the track. We looked to be one of the fastest cars during the early part of the race. It's a good sign for the rest of the season.
“The objective for China is to make up for the missed opportunity of Malaysia and be firmly back in the points. It is important not to get carried away and to keep doing our job at each race. We appear to be in a good position at the moment, but no one can say where we will be compared to our rivals after the next two races.
“We know McLaren
are a very strong team and they will develop well, so all we can do is continue pushing hard to try and stay ahead of them. We have been doing a good job so far - better than many people expected – but there's a long way to go.”
Team boss Vijay Mallya agreed that points had to be the aim for the Chinese weekend, and said the Silverstone-based outfit had worked hard to ensure there will be no repeat of the problems that led to its Sepang retirement.
“Even though the last race in Malaysia was very disappointing, I know we have the potential to bounce back quickly and get a good result in Shanghai,” he said. “Throughout the Sepang weekend, we had a quick car and the drivers felt good about their chances. We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down. We've had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem.
“The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals. Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points.”