Di Resta: It's now about digging deep
10 October 2013 – Force India’s Paul di Resta has admitted where he is now is not a ‘great place to be’, however, he has promised to ‘dig deep’ this weekend in Japan and turn things around.
The Scot has had a miserable run recently and suffered his fourth retirement in a row in Korea last Sunday.
It has fuelled speculation he might be dropped and while Force India have moved to re-assure him, with deputy team principal Bob Fernley saying he will not be judged on the last couple of races alone, the 27-year-old knows the next few grands prix could be critical if he is to hang onto his seat and remain at the pinnacle of the sport in 2014.
“At the end of the day I can deliver when I'm given the tools to deliver,” he told Press Association Sport, when asked if he was growing anxious about next year. “At the same time, with what has happened over the past few races, where I am at right now is not a great place to be.
“I did have a tremendous run of points before that, but when times are hard, they are hard I suppose.
“At the moment Adrian [Sutil, my team-mate] and I are being caught out trying to keep up with groups of cars in front, and unfortunately it is proving costly. All I can do is regroup and head to Suzuka this weekend and do what I can, do it for the team. I, more than anybody, want to get back on track with the team because they deserve it, so it's now about digging deep.”
“When I reflect, Singapore was obviously a disappointing way to end, but with five laps to go I believe my effort was more than anybody had put into that race,” he added.
“As I said, I know I can deliver. That's not a question. I just need a bit of support from the team to understand how difficult this car is at the moment to get the best out of it.
“They need to work with you to help you do that, and I've 100 per cent belief everybody is trying their hardest. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get into that zone where you can achieve over these short weekends.
“At the moment we're working as a team and I'm working with my groups of guys. More than anybody I'll put the effort in and I won't be down about it because I know how this game works.
“Things can quickly turn.”