Paul di Resta: Force India needs stronger pre-season in 2013

Paul di Resta thinks that a more aggressive pre-season development programme is key to helping Force India achieve its podium ambitions this year

Paul di Resta: Force India needs stronger pre-season in 2013

The Scotsman, who is staying at the team for a third year even though his new deal has yet to be officially confirmed, reckons it vital his outfit builds on a strong end to the 2012 Formula 1 season.

"The car is looking good," he said on the AUTOSPORT Stage with KX at AUTOSPORT International. "On paper you can see what they have tried to achieve, and it is achieving what they want to do.

"We just need to ramp up the development. Last year we got stalled a bit towards the end of testing.

"We started very well but people were bringing developments and we didn't do that.

"The team of people at Force India will ramp that up, and we need to start the season higher if we want to be competing with the likes of Lotus and Mercedes."

With his Force India team ending last year with Nico Hulkenberg leading in Brazil, di Resta believes that podium finishes are on the cards for the season ahead.

"I think we can," he said. "We nearly achieved it in Singapore and that is the thing on the cards this year.

"Vijay [Mallya] and the team are focused on achieving that. Our competitors, Williams and Sauber, they achieved that last year and we nearly did it, and the main thing we should focus on should be consistency.

"When we do get the chance to finish on the podium, we should understand why and repeat it the next week - that is the main thing.

"Having a fluke result would shine but equally you would be down the next week if you did not come close to achieving it again."

Di Resta had his seat-fitting for the 2013 car at the team's factory on Friday. But the identity of his team-mate has yet to be revealed.

AUTOSPORT analyses the fight for final 2013 F1 seats

He admitted to some surprise that the line-up had not been finalised.

"I don't think it is a great position to be in at nearly middle of January and not know who it is," he said. "But the team have said that they will announce it when they are ready so I have to respect that."

When asked who he would like alongside him, di Resta said: "As long as the team-mate is fast, and has respect for me and is a team player, that is all I can ask for.

"It is when you get somebody who only has their own ambitions in mind... nowadays in F1 you need to work as a unit and you can see it gets a bit political, and that is how the sport is driven."

shares
comments
Kimi Raikkonen right to be his own man - Jackie Stewart

Previous article

Kimi Raikkonen right to be his own man - Jackie Stewart

Next article

Fans should demand more of F1, reckons ex-Williams chief Adam Parr

Fans should demand more of F1, reckons ex-Williams chief Adam Parr
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul di Resta
Teams Force India
Author Jonathan Noble
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021
How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher Plus

How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
Why sustainability is being mandated by F1 Plus

Why sustainability is being mandated by F1

Continuing to be socially acceptable as public views shift globally is vitally important to the future of motor racing, says PAT SYMONDS - especially in Formula 1, the championship that represents the technological peak

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen Plus

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order

Formula 1
May 7, 2021