Paul di Resta says 2013 will be a big year as he seeks attention from top teams
"I need to do my stuff," Scot admits
Last Updated: 11/12/12 4:52pm
Paul di Resta admits that a big season lies ahead as he attempts to earn a move to one of Formula 1's top teams.
Drivers' Championship odds:
Sebastian Vettel - 5/4
Fernando Alonso - 9/4
Jenson Button - 9/1
Kimi Raikkonen - 10/1
Lewis Hamilton - 14/1
Sergio Perez - 16/1.
The Scot was seen as a candidate for a seat at McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari this season just gone. In the event, however, he was passed over by all three teams.
As such, di Resta will continue with Force India for 2013, although his name has yet to be officially confirmed, with the Silverstone-based outfit also set to announce a replacement for Nico Hulkenberg.
Hulkenberg joins Sauber having out-performed di Resta in the 2012 drivers' standings, particularly towards the end of the season.
Having finished a career-best fourth in Singapore, di Resta subsequently scored just two points and he crashed out of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix - a race Hulkenberg led.
"The end of my season wasn't great," di Resta acknowledged. "We had mechanical issues, a chassis change, and ultimately the style of my driving did not suit for the last few races.
"Overall, I had ups and downs, although there were still some very big positives.
"We got very close to being on the podium in Singapore, where we felt we were slightly robbed when a safety car came out because it was in touching distance there.
"Our performance slipped after that as we didn't develop at the rate of other people. All I can hope is when we switched off on this year's car, it will pay dividends for next year in terms of our performance in Australia (the season-opening race on March 17)."
The 26-year-old hopes it will be a different story from Melbourne onwards as he seeks to re-establish momentum.
"Next year is a big one for me. I need to do my stuff because it will be performance-based. I think there'll be a few movements at the top, and hopefully I'll be a part of that," he added.
"I felt ready for it this year, but for whatever reason it didn't happen, which was not my decision.
"I'll just keep doing my job on track to hopefully keep my name in the frame.
"I've good relationships with all the teams, and with senior people, which I think you need to have."
Di Resta's 2012 season was also notable in that he severed ties with former manager Anthony Hamilton and joined forces with The Sports Partnership, run by Richard Goddard.
Goddard also manages Jenson Button and di Resta is naturally hoping the move will pay dividends.
He said: "There was a change during the year, which was not ideal.
"But it was the right thing to do to get the word out as to where I was, and to see if there were any opportunities coming up.
"Now we can lay down a constructive plan, targets, and everybody will hopefully come to the shop and meet them."