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Paul di Resta hoping to achieve podium finishes

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Force India's driver Paul di Resta is 'itching' to win races and get on to the podium in Formula 1.

Di Resta, in his third year at  the team, has never broken into the top three. his best being two strong fourth place finishes.

Talking to ESPN, the British driver said: "I'll be happy when I'm winning races, that's when I'll be happy. I'm in Formula One and I'm doing the job I love doing, wherever it takes me.

His next year in the sport is surrounded by heavy speculation, with him being a likely candidate for Lotus, Ferrari, or even Red Bull. However, he said he'd be happy to stay at Force India for a fourth year.

"I just want to be in a stronger position as the years go on," continued Di Resta.

"As you get older you get wiser and it's a few years since I stood on the podium and even won races. You get a bit itchy and if the drive opens up I'd love to take it. At the same time I'm very content with where I am and it's about coming up the ladder," he said.

He is hopeful that he can finish higher up the field than he has managed thus far, and with a little more luck Di Resta thinks that's an achievable goal.

"We've been close and with a bit more luck we could have achieved it," he said.

"I regard those fourth places that I've had in the team as hard work. I think the journey to get there has been very good. And those fourth places have probably been more rewarding in our team as the person that won the grand prix.

"I've always said when I get on the podium I want to know why I'm on the podium and I want to achieve for next week. I wouldn't like it to just be one-off fluke because everything went right, it's more about understanding it and making sure we keep achieving it."

Speaking on the reported links to the top field teams he offered a very modest reply.

Di Resta said: "You're in the position you're in. Obviously when we're quite a bit of the way into the season you have shown what you can do within the challenges that have faced you. It's nice to be linked with it [top drives] but we are only halfway through the year and there is a lot up for grabs."

He is however, focused only on the remaining nine races of  the season, and wants to extract the maximum points from them.

"I've got a job to do and that is to represent this team. We've got a challenge up ahead of us to maintain where we are because we started the season well and we don't want to drop off. We want to be finishing like we have done during the previous seasons that I've driven here."

Force India are fifth in the Championship currently, with 59 points, two ahead of McLaren; with Di Resta in an impressive 10 position with 36 points.

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