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?óÔé¼Ôäóm a year wiser and I?óÔé¼Ôäóve got the confidence in the team and the people that are surrounding me to do that,” he added.
“Essentially, it?óÔé¼Ôäós all about the effort we have put into this car and where we?óÔé¼Ôäóre going to put the work in over the next two months.
“But ultimately, it?óÔé¼Ôäós all about qualifying at Melbourne. That?óÔé¼Ôäós when it?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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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