Paul di Resta says his Force India team can now set its sights on overhauling Lotus Renault GP in the championship this year, after he delivered his best result of the season in Singapore.
Di Resta was one of the stars of the Singapore Grand Prix, as he made the most of car updates and a good tire strategy to finish sixth overall. That result, allied to teammate Adrian Sutil's eighth-place finish, has lifted their Force India outfit to within 22 points of Renault, which is currently fifth in the constructors' championship.
When asked about the prospects of beating Renault, di Resta said: "It would be a difficult task but it is not unreachable if you base it on this weekend. If you based it on Monza, no, but here, yes.
"Spa would have been a good one had we not made the qualifying error, but we got a double points finish here, and we pulled away more from Sauber. It is crucial for our championship, and hopefully we can keep the form we have got and Renault can struggle a little bit more, and we can certainly put a fight to them until the end of the year."
Di Resta added that the latest updates introduced for Singapore worked well, and that has left him confident about the team's prospects for the remaining races.
"We were in the dark where our performance was going to be in the race, we came here with a new package and some stuff that would enable our race pace to be improved and it was," he said. "This will suit us more for the rest of the year with the high-downforce tracks; the stuff for tire wear has helped, too. So we have to be fairly optimistic that it will carry on – and on the back of this result there might be another push in terms of performance to push us on a little bit more. It was kind of taken that it was our last update, but you can never say never."