Paul di Resta has revealed his desperation for a strong performance in this weekend's Korean Grand Prix after revealing the disappointment of his late retirement in Singapore is still "fresh".
The Scottish racer was set for a strong points finish going into the final seven laps of the Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit when he crashed into a barrier and was forced to retire.
Di Resta had been as high as third at one stage of the race and the incident was even more devastating for the driver due to the fact it was his fifth race without a point and fourth consecutive retirement.
This poor form had come after a terrific start to year for the Force India driver, where he consistently claimed points and was agonisingly close to a maiden podium in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
But di Resta is adamant that he can recapture his spark during the last races of the season.
He said in a team statement: “The disappointment still feels quite fresh. When you have a race like that you just want to get back in the car as soon as possible.
“After the race I went back to Europe for some training and to get myself ready for the final push of the season.
He added: "October will be the busiest month of the year so it was good to have some quality time at home before we spend the next couple of months travelling.”
Di Resta remains in a solid tenth place in the Drivers' World Championship standings despite his mid-season struggle, ahead of his team-mate Adrian Sutil and McLaren driver Sergio Perez.
Di Resta has only ever claimed a single point on the Korean circuit in a Formula 1 car, but he is confident of changing such a statistic.
"It's an unusual track, but definitely a place that I enjoy driving,” he said. “The three sectors are all very different with long straights linked by hairpins, some high-speed corners and a slower technical part of the lap.
"The tyre choices are the same as in Singapore so it will be interesting to see how they perform.
"We've always run well on the super-softs, but struggled more on the medium compound, so hopefully we can switch it on this weekend.”
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