Di Resta hoping to impress top teams in 2013
11 December 2012 – Paul di Resta has admitted that driving for a front-running team is firmly on his mind ahead of 2013, with the Scot eager to fight for podiums and victories. Although yet to be officially confirmed at Force India, the 26-year-old is almost certain to stay on.
Having endured a challenging end to the season, where he scored just two points in six races compared to departing team-mate Nico Hülkenberg's 32, di Resta is determined to bounce back and prove his worth to potential employers.
"The end of my season wasn't great," said di Resta. "We had mechanical issues, a chassis change, and ultimately the style of my driving did not suit for the last few races. Overall, I had ups and downs, although there were still some very big positives.
"Next year is a big one for me. I need to do my stuff because it will be performance-based. I think there'll be a few movements at the top, and hopefully I'll be a part of that."
Despite not being signed by a front-running team for 2013, di Resta says he is ready for the step and hopes his ambitions can be realised at the end of the campaign.
"I felt ready for it this year, but for whatever reason it didn't happen, which was not my decision," he explained of the driver market situation this season. "I'll just keep doing my job on track to hopefully keep my name in the frame. I've good relationships with all the teams, and with senior people, which I think you need to have."
Di Resta is managed by Richard Goddard's brand entitled The Sports Partnership. The same company is currently looking after the interests of Jenson Button.