Paul di Resta was glad to repay Williams for the faith it showed in him by hiring him in a reserve driver role with a solid comeback display in Formula 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix last month.

Di Resta was drafted in by Williams to replace the unwell Felipe Massa from qualifying onwards at the Hungaroring, and put in an impressive display despite having not driven a 2017-spec car before and not raced in a grand prix since the end of 2013.

Despite being limited in his opportunities as a reserve driver with Williams, di Resta was happy to repay Williams for its show of faith and put his foot in the door for any future opportunities that may arise.

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‘It's one of those jobs. I don't think it's any secret anywhere,” di Resta said.

“It's not a sub-optimum way for the team, the way they think. Of course I believe in my ability and want the chance to show what I can do. Maybe puts you back in some way if you do a good job, maybe people will look at you for a race drive.

“The other thing is that the team have faith in you by using your services if they needed to rely on you again. I've got current experience again from these cars. I love being part of this family.

“They would then see the value of having me around here on the weekends should something happen to Felipe.”