Paul di Resta is hopeful his recent good form has done enough to earn him a seat for next season ahead of today’s penultimate race of the 2013 season at the Circuit of the Americas, write Colin and James Beckett.
The Sahara Force India racer has returned to form following a lengthy run on non point-scoring finishes and the young Scot hopes that his recent upturn in performance may have done enough to secure a seat for next season, saying: “Formula 1 is never easy and when you are having a good time everything is really good but if, for whatever reason, things don’t go in your favour things go badly very quickly.
“I have had a couple of good races and I feel I am driving well. I hope I have done enough to keep my position for next season. I am really looking forward to racing in Texas, the Circuit of the Americas is a great track with superb elevations. It is quite spectacular to drive.”
The American public has taken Grand Prix racing to heart since it reappeared on its shores at the Texas track.
Venue for MotoGP and WEC events as well, the COTA track is popular with competitors.
Lewis Hamilton said: “I like the Circuit of the Americas very much. It is one of the better tracks F1 visits and it is always very entertaining – especially the climb up the hill to the first corner.
“I might not have been really happy with my own performance this year but the team have been great. I am really keen to do a good job for them in the final two races and score as many points as possible.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, of the part Bicester-based Toro Rosso team, added: “I like racing in America very much and the fans are great. My aim is to finish in the top 10 and score valuable points for myself and the team.”