After the disappointment of Silverstone, where he was forced to start from the back of the grid after a technical infringement, Bathgate’s Paul Di Resta is back in action at the Nurburgring this weekend.
Seven days after the British Grand Prix, where he stormed through from 21st to finish ninth, the 27-year-old is hoping his Sahara Force India team can finally string together three productive days.
“We haven’t had our problems to seek in the last three races at Monaco, Canada and Silverstone,” Di Resta said, whose fifth-place in qualifying last weekend was erased from the record books after his car was deemed to be “underweight”.
“In all three races, I’ve delivered a solid recovery drive, which merely confirms the pace we have in the car.
“This weekend though would be fantastic to start near the front of the grid — where we should be — and see what we can deliver then.
“I still believe the car has the pace to be on the podium, and hopefully it might well come this weekend.”
Di Resta heads to the German Grand Prix eighth in the championship with 36 points, just ten off the total he scored last year and with still 11 races to run.
And the Scot, who has been mentioned as a possible replacement for both Mark Webber at Red Bull and Felipe Massa at Ferrari for 2014, admits he has to focus on delivering for Force India.
He said: “There’s nothing I can do about the decisions other teams will make, I can only do what I can do in the car. I’ve built my reputation in Formula One. I’ve said before that I want to be in a winning seat, but it’s down to decisions by other people and teams’ boards. I can’t directly control those decisions.
“I’ve still got a lot of races with Force India this year. I’ll keep concentrating on that and let other people do the work in the background.
“Where I am next year I don’t know, but there are many points up for grabs. That is the important bit, keeping your reputation.”
World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel remains 21 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.