Di Resta eyeing maiden podium in 2013

Thursday 14th March 2013, 20:22 by TF1T Staff 

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Paul di Resta hasn't shyed away from his targets in 2013, with the Scot firmly aiming to stand on the podium for the first time in his Formula 1 career.

The Force India driver isn't getting carried away, but he hopes the Silverstone outfit has made enough of a step forward to give him a slim chance of finishing in the top three - something he came close to doing last year with his fourth in Singapore.

"It's the next thing on my list of achievements," he said in Melbourne. "We came very close in Singapore and it's not a secret that that will probably be the biggest target I've got this year.

"We'll set the goals of what we think is realistic, but I don't expect not to be racing the likes of Sauber and Williams."

The 26-year-old understands the chances of him doing so remain slim, but he insists nobody knows where they sit until the first race of the season is complete.

"The likes of Mercedes, who we were racing last year, have made a step up by the looks of it, but never say never," he added. "This is really where the business starts, and where people are before that is a complete question mark."

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