Mar.13 (PVM-Force India) A year ago Paul Di Resta made his Formula 1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix, he returns to Melbourne after 19 races in Formula 1 with rookie status banished and as an established star. The Scot, who impressed immensely in his rookie season, is undoubtedly wiser and more determined. He speaks ahead of the season opener at Albert park this weekend.
After three winter tests you must be keen for the season to finally begin…
Paul Di Resta: Yes, the build-up to Melbourne has been a while coming, but at the same time it doesn’t feel like there’s been that much testing. In fact, compared to last year, there has been one less test, but it’s been a good winter for us in general.
You made your debut at last year’s Australian Grand Prix – what memories do you have going back there a year on…
PDR: It’s a great place to start the season and the fans always get behind the race, so it will be interesting to see how it feels second time around. After a good winter break I’m just looking forward to getting back to the racing.
What are your thoughts on the circuit?
PDR: I enjoy the circuit. There’s a good balance between high and low speed, plus it’s a mixture between a street circuit and a permanent track, and that makes it quite unusual. I think the final sector stands out for me as the most interesting because it’s quite tricky and easy to get it wrong. We were strong on street circuits last year, especially Singapore, so hopefully that will continue.
Any idea of the pecking order yet?
PDR: I don’t think anybody can say they know for sure. All the teams around us look strong and have been consistent in testing, so we just have to wait and see. Also, I think almost every team will have some new parts on their cars so it really is too early to make any judgements. To begin with our goal is simply to try and pick up points at every race.