Paul di Resta says he is already looking forward to getting back out in the Force India at next week's Malaysian Grand Prix after an impressive debut performance in Australia on Friday.
The Scotsman ended the first practice session 11th overall – and less than four tenths of a second slower than his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi - despite it being only his first time in the car in dry conditions. With his next scheduled outing at Sepang next week, di Resta is eager to get more F1 experience under his belt.
"I am looking forward to it already," he explained. "I almost want to go back out today because getting out of the car and having lunch, sitting and thinking about it a bit more gives you a bit of time, and it becomes more natural when you jump back in it. Everything happens a bit quick – there are a lot of things you have to run through on an F1 car.
"It was a new track, a new car and a new system to me – there were quite a number of things I had to learn. I know for every track I am going to do it is going to be a new circuit to learn but in terms of the systems it should be relatively quite similar. Hopefully it will get easier the more it goes on."
Despite his strong early showing, di Resta says he is under no illusions about the kind of challenge he faces in his role.
"I certainly don't take anything for granted in this business," he said. "It is difficult, and I know it is going to be a tough challenge – and what I am doing is going to be even harder.
"You are coming into the weekend, you are only driving in one session and you need to make the best of it. Equally, everybody is getting to drive a lot more so they are going to be up to speed quicker, but we have our goals and our sights set on what we want to achieve from it. That is the way I am looking at it. I just want to take every lap, go about it as best as I can and try and improve run by run, and try and gain experience to go forward."