Paul di Resta is confident that the disappointment that he and Force India at the Nurburgring in Germany three weeks ago was a one-off, and that he will be back on the pace again this week for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Di Resta started from 12th place in the most recent GP and ended up improving by only one position by the chequered flag meaning it was the first race that he's finished outside the points in 2013. He also retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix after both he and his team mate Adrian Sutil suffered wheel nut issues.
Since then, Force India have been remarkably reliable, although di Resta has had so overcome some frustrating setbacks in qualifying to battle his way back into the top ten by the finish of the race. The overall consistency has put the team in fifth place in the constructors championship, ahead of the likes of McLaren and Toro Rosso, but the run of six consecutive points finishes for the tean and for di Resta came to an end in the German GP.
"Germany was a bit of a disappointment as we have scored points at every race we have finished this year," di Resta agreed. "We probably got slightly stuck in a bit of traffic which cost us at the end and to be a lap away from scoring was disappointing.
"I think our car, specifically, just didn't suit Germany and I think when we are back on a more normal track we will see the signs of our car that have been strong, he added, believing that the track characteristics that held them back at the Nurburgring wouldn't apply to this weekend's outing in Hungary. "I have every faith that we can achieve that.
"We'll bounce back; we are a team that can react quite quickly," he said.
A good result for the team in Hungary before the one-month summer shutdown could prove key to the team's championship fortunes and whether they can stay ahead of McLaren for the remainder of the season.
"McLaren, we've had the better side of them up until the last grand prix," said di Resta. "I think the fight will go quite a long way down the line before it's decided.
A potential setback for the team comes with the revelation that there is little in the way of further improvements in the pipeline for the VJM06, with the team now concentrating more on developing the 2014 car which will see a lot of new rule and specification changes needing to be incorporated.
"I don't see any major upgrades coming for us but we're trying to stay in front of them and that's the goal this year," insisted di Resta. "Where we come back after the break will be key."