He has never been amongst points here but Paul di Resta's 'affair' with the Indian Grand Prix continues to get stronger with every passing year. The Sahara Force India driver is now looking to cement the bond with a top-10 finish this weekend at the Buddh International Circuit.
The circuit at Greater Noida is one of Di Resta's favourite but a 13th place finish in the inaugural edition and 12th a year later, has left the Scotsman listless. While local support is never in short measure, he wants to impress his fans by executing plans to perfection. "This one of those tracks where finding the right rhythm with a well-balanced car really pays you back with lap time," he said. "We didn't score points in Japan but we made some real progress with setting up the car, so going an extra step and getting in the top 10 has got to be the goal this weekend."
While his team may be based in Silverstone in the United Kingdom, Sahara Force India is co-owned by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya. This, coupled with the name of the team itself, means fans here reserve the loudest cheer for its two drivers. "We come to India several times during the year and you can see the growing enthusiasm of the fans. It's great that we get to spend time with them and show them the thrill of Formula One up close," said di Resta.