Early points boost Di Resta

Early points boost Di Resta

Paul di Resta is delighted to be heading to Shanghai this weekend with two points under his belt.

“Have I surprised the team? I don’t think so. I expect so much from myself and so much from them.”

The Scot became only the second rookie since 1980 to score points in his first two races when he claimed 10th spot in his Force India in Malaysia at the weekend.

That followed a more fortunate point in Australia, when the Sauber cars were disqualified on a technicality, but his efforts still reflect well on the 24-year-old.

“It’s great to have finished two grands prix in good positions,” he said. “With us currently on a double header, I head to China a very happy man.

“It could have been quite a long four days with not a lot to do other than thinking about what I should have done.

“But I go there thinking we’ve done a good job, and I am happy, definitely.

“I know people were very happy with the job I did in Melbourne, and equally they can be with what we did in Malaysia too.

“It’s all about building my profile and building my way up through it.”


Di Resta said that, while his start to the season has exceeded expectations, he is not just along for the ride in Formula One.

“Have I surprised the team? I don’t think so. I expect so much from myself and so much from them,” he added.

“This is a professional team, we’re in Formula One, which is the pinnacle of motor sport, but I will say I’m happy at the progress I’ve made.”

Of the four rookies in F1 this season, Di Resta is the only one who has out-qualified his team-mate in each of the two sessions.

Although certainly no fluke, Di Resta concedes he is learning all the time from the more experiences Adrian Sutil, but has no doubts he will soon become his own man.

“Adrian’s very quick and I can see that, so I’ll keep bouncing off him because he has a lot of experience, and I’ll try and use that to my advantage,” said di Resta.

“I’m sure it’s not always going to be like that this year, but give me time and I’ll be where I need to be.”