2013 F1 season
Paul di Resta says Force India need to make a stronger start to 2013 than they made last season.
Speaking at the launch of the VJM06 at Silverstone Di Resta said: “We need to start this season stronger than we have done before, to move up that next stage and score points early on.”
Force India had a strong end to 2012, leading the final round in Brazil and ending the year with a best-ever haul of 109 points. But they accumulated just 18 in the opening four races.
Di Resta says he is “more ready for the challenge than I ever was” as he heads into his third season as an F1 driver.
“I’m a year wiser and I’ve got the confidence in the team and the people that are surrounding me to do that,” he added.
“Essentially, it’s all about the effort we have put into this car and where we’re going to put the work in over the next two months.
“But ultimately, it’s all about qualifying at Melbourne. That’s when it’s gloves off and ready to go.”
Di Resta added it had been important for him to regain his fitness over the winter after a last year’s punishing 20-race schedule:
“It’s been a good winter. It was a good time to go away, regroup, and have a break. It was one of the longest F1 seasons, and this year is obviously important for us.
“I have put a lot of effort into improving my fitness and my weaknesses.”
Quotes and additional reporting by Dan Cross.
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