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United States Grand Prix: Di Resta has high hopes

Paul di Resta is looking forward to going back to Texas and is keen to try and build on the performance of Abu Dhabi
Paul di Resta is feeling confident ahead of the United States Grand Prix this weekend and has said he will go to the Circuit of the Americas with 'high hopes'.

The Briton is still waiting to learn if he will be retained by Force India in 2014 - the Silverstone-based outfit as ever not rushing to decide its line-up for next season, but after finishing sixth in Abu Dhabi last time out, his second points' finish in a row, he is in good spirits.

“These results are a massive boost for everyone at Sahara Force India [given the struggles after the British GP],” he said prior to the penultimate round in the 2013 F1 World Championship. “In Abu Dhabi we played the long game and the strategy was spot on. We focussed more on the race set-up rather than one-lap pace and that was the key to making the one-stop strategy work.

"We've also got the car into the window that gives more consistency and confidence. Everything came together and it was a great team performance.”

Di Resta now can't wait to get to Texas: “It's great to have a race in the USA, especially at such an impressive facility. I still remember the huge crowd that came to the race last year and the amazing atmosphere. The place was absolutely packed and the whole city was very enthusiastic about F1. We go there with high hopes and will try and build on the performance of Abu Dhabi,” he added.

Team-mate Adrian Sutil has also been back in the points in the last two races, but while di Resta has taken twelve points, he has only managed three. The German is aiming for better this Sunday.

“It's good to be scoring points again. It's not been easy and we've taken some brave decisions with the strategy and that paid us back. But at the same time you always want to improve and there are still some areas with the car balance where we can make some gains. Hopefully we can make some progress so that I feel more comfortable in Austin,” he explained.

Sutil is also looking forward to making his first trip to Texas: “I've spent time in America before. I've been to a few of the big cities: New York, Los Angeles and Miami, but never to Texas,” he continued. “I hear it's a beautiful place with a lot happening so it sounds like a great location. I've heard lots of good things about the Circuit of The Americas, too.

“It's a very unusual lap with a big variation of corners. The first sector is interesting with so many turns one after the other and it looks like there are some nice high-speed corners. The feedback I've heard is very positive and everyone says it's smooth and enjoyable to drive.

“From what I've seen it appears to be one of the better new generation tracks so I'm looking forward to getting there and trying it for myself.”

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03.11.2013- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
03.11.2013- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
03.11.2013- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
03.11.2013- Race: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
02.11.2013- Qualifying: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
02.11.2013- Qualifying: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
01.11.2013- Free Practice 1: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
26.10.2013- Qualifying: Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06

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November 12, 2013 10:28 AM

What we need to see from di Resta next year if he wants to have any hope of switching to a better team are consistent top 6-8 finishes with occasional top 5 or podium finishes. Add a PR friendly/Jenson Button attitude and he could improve his chances vastly. Bit of a stretch it seems...


November 12, 2013 10:36 PM

Somewhere I understand him but in the other hand he's not the only driver who have a car which not allow to shine. His teammate to begin, Perez, Bottas, VdG, Pic, Bianchi, Vergne... So why listening to him and not them ? He's an average driver IMO.

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