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di Resta determined to 'push on' after 'best winter he can remember'
14 March 2013
Force India's Paul di Resta is targeting points in Australia this weekend.
The Scot goes into this third full year at the top level in 2013 and while he has had numerous top ten results, he is still looking for his first rostrum, something he will obviously be hoping to achieve this season with the Mercedes-powered Force India VJM06.
“It's been a very positive winter – probably the best winter I can remember while I have been with the team – and I've done as much preparation as I can both on and off the track. It's my third year as a race driver and I've got the same team around me so I think that consistency will be very important this year,” said the 26-year-old in the countdown to the 2013 F1 season opening race in Melbourne.
“I think it's only when we get to Melbourne, however, that we will understand where we are compared to the other teams. You can look at the laptimes in testing, but everybody is focussed on their own programme so you can't make any assumptions.
“What we can say is that we're determined to push on from where we finished last season and the target for Melbourne has to be reaching Q3 and racing for points.”
So what has been the team's main focus over the winter?
“I think understanding the tyres is where we've put a lot of our energy because Pirelli have kept us busy with their new 2013 compounds, which appear to be more aggressive than last year,” di Resta replied.
“We have stability in the technical office, which helps, and we've tried to build more consistency into the car. We're as well prepared as we can be, but the first two races in Australia and Malaysia are two of the toughest of the year.
“The grid seems very closely matched so it's going to be interesting to see how things shake out in Melbourne,” he concluded.