Paul Di Resta says Ferrari would be 'ultimate' for him as he eyes 2014 move up grid
For now the Scot remains focused on keeping Force India in fifth
Last Updated: 25/07/13 9:59am
Di Resta on the move?
Paul Di Resta has admitted he would love to have the opportunity to drive for Ferrari in future amid speculation that his current form could make him a contender for a move up the grid in 2014.
The Scot is currently enjoying his strongest season in Formula 1 to date having scored points in all but two grands prix and leading Force India's challenge for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship.
The consistent nature of Di Resta's points-scoring has renewed suggestions that he could be a target for a front-running team after being overlooked this time last year, with the former DTM champion having again been linked with Ferrari, and more recently, Lotus.
With Italian ancestry, Di Resta admits a move to Ferrari would be particularly appealing for him, but has insisted he must stay focused on continuing to deliver for Force India above all else for now.
"Ferrari is an ultimate seat that I want to see myself in Formula 1 because of the Italian side of my family. What Ferrari is to Formula 1 is a very special red car when it sits on the grid," he told Sky Sports News.
"But I need to wait and see if the opportunities arise. At the moment it's about putting yourself in the framework for those drives."
Di Resta's hopes of landing one of the 2014's most prized seats will certainly be boosted if he can maintain the kind of form which has helped take Force India above underperforming McLaren in the constructors' standings.
The Silverstone-based team currently hold a ten-point lead over the perennial front-runners heading into the second half of the campaign and Di Resta is hopeful they will be able to match their post August recess surge from last season.
"After the summer break we had a great run last year. Spa, Monza, Singapore. I'd like to think we can certainly do that this year," he said.
"The performance of the car throughout this [season] has excelled itself. If it can excel itself a little bit more than it has done previously I think that'll be a big point at getting us in the right direction."
And asked to assess the chances of the remainder of the season yielding a breakthrough podium finish, Di Resta replied: "I wasn't far last year in Singapore, I wasn't far in Bahrain [this year]. I'd certainly like to think that hopefully next time we get in that position we can take a few risks and achieve it.
"But until the car gives us the performance that allows us it's going to be a difficult one to manage - and it depends where our competitors are. But we are even hungrier and to achieve that ultimate feeling."