26 July 2013
Di Resta hopes for podiums and wins as he looks to the future
Paul di Resta has had a strong season, overcoming a string of disappointing qualifying sessions to finish in the points in all but two of the nine races so far. But now he wants more...
Force India's Paul di Resta has set his sights on winning races and championships in F1, and says he's determined to make it happen - even if that means seeking a new team to do it with.
"I want to win races and win championships, that simple," he said on Thursday. "That's what I want - wherever I can make this come true." For the time being, however, the 27-year-old Scot is just eager to claim his first podium position in F1.
"It's been a long time since I was on the podium, the longest absence from it in my whole career, so I definitely want to get back there," he said. "But I understand the position I am in at the moment and I am working as hard as I ever have.
"I wasn't far last year in Singapore, I wasn't far in Bahrain. I'd certainly like to think that hopefully next time we get in that position we can take a few risks and achieve it," he told Sky Sports news. "But until the car gives us the performance that allows us it's going to be a difficult one to manage - and it depends where our competitors are. But we are even hungrier and to achieve that ultimate feeling."
The potential barrier to di Resta achieving his podium ambition is the tyre situation, with Force India as a whole not keen on the new 2013 compounds being introduced by Pirelli at Hungary for the remainder of the season.
"It's a hard one. Obviously we got a little bit of an impression at Silverstone," he said. "It's the first time that we get to try some setup things and actually understand them but yes, we did have a good idea of where the [older spec] tyres were working and how to use them over a race distance.
"That's not to say that this won't continue and, on the flip side, it may suit the car better," he added. "It's completely unknown. All we can do is do what we can and the team is working hard to try and score some points because we missed them in the Nürburgring."
Overall di Resta is happy with the way that the season has gone. An issue with wheel nuts caused both Force India cars to retire in Malaysia, and there have been problems in qualifying for di Resta, but otherwise only the last outing at the Nurburgring has proved genuinely disappointing for the driver and the tea so far in 2013.
"I think that where we are in the standings is pretty cool, given the fact of the wheel nut issue in Malaysia and the three unfortunate qualifying sessions where we were extremely unfortunate - but that's racing life," he told the official Formula1.com website. "But one thing that I see is that my race pace is very strong - coming from the back at three races in a row and scoring points. The reward was very high on these Sunday afternoons after the disappointment the day before."
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