Bathgate’s Paul Di Resta returns to Formula One action this weekend in Hungary, three weeks after narrowly missing out on points in Germany.
The Sahara Force India racer, ninth in the world championship with 36 points – 13 ahead of his team-mate Adrian Sutil – is quietly confident he can return to point-scoring form.
“I love the track in Hungary, and traditionally we go quite well there,” Di Resta, who finished seventh at the Hungaroring in 2011, said yesterday.
“And I think, despite the disappointments of Germany, when we really lost points simply because the tyres lost grip over the closing three laps, we’ll be right back on the pace this weekend.
“Having said that, the biggest challenge we’re going to have is getting used to the new Pirelli tyres which will be introduced for this race. It’s going to be a learning experience for everyone, but I’m confident we’re up to the challenge.
“We learned a huge amount at the tyre test at Silverstone earlier this month, so we’re targeting Q3 in qualifying, then take the race from there.”
Di Resta admitted he enjoys the challenge of the tight, twisty Hungaroring track, which has a reputation for being one of the most difficult to overtake on.
“Physically and mentally it’s a very demanding track,” he continued. “There has never really any time to draw breath because it just seems to be one corner after another.
“Actually, it’s very like a street circuit in its layout, and that’s always good for us.
“Friday and Saturday is all about finding the rhythm of the track and building your confidence with each lap. By the time the track is fully rubbered in it feels very satisfying to drive.
“And as this race marks the midpoint of the season, it would be fantastic to go into the summer break having scored more world championship points.”
After winning his home grand prix for the first time, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel heads to Budapest leading the Ferrari of his nearest rival, Fernando Alonso, by 34 points.