Force India driver Paul di Resta, who finished fourth in the Bahrain Grand Prix recently, is optimistic of an improved performance in the European races to come.

“When you are a mid-field team, and you pick up results like we did at Bahrain, you have to be happy. We will take all the positives, head into the European season, and hopefully pick up better results,” di Resta said, at a city hotel on Tuesday.

The Briton, however, guarded against setting the bar too high, too soon. “We have some issues to resolve, and hopefully, we will fix them soon. But, it’s about performing over the whole year. The goal is to keep making progress by picking up points when we can, without being risky in our approach,” he said.

“I think it’s too early in the season to get carried away. We have had a successful campaign so far, but in the Formula One, things can change very quickly.”

His partner, Adrian Sutil, who finished 15th after a minor collision with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in the first lap, stated that he was ‘desperate’ to achieve a podium finish. “I don’t know when it (a podium finish) will come, but I am ready for it. Mine was the quickest car on the circuit before the incident on the first lap, so there was a chance there. The podium – I’m desperate for it... Perhaps I have been pinning my hopes for too long on small opportunities before. But now, with this car, I see big opportunities this year.”

Both drivers spoke to the media at an informal interaction before attending the Pepsi IPL match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Pune Warriors.

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