That being said, the Scot was delighted to be part of Force India's lineup at the unveiling of its new VJM04 challenger on Tuesday. And since every rookie has to have certain expectations for his maiden F1 campaign, Di Resta named his.
“I don't want to say exact targets on record as there are so many factors that can come into play,” he said. “What I do want to do is to have a positive approach, finish, be consistent and contribute strongly to the team's overall performance.”
“We've got high aims of finishing in a good constructors' championship position and I know that I've got to play my part in this."
Additionally, he played down concerns that the transition from a DTM car to a Formula 1 single-seater will have an influence on his level of fitness.
“I've always said that a DTM car is like a single seater with a roof and racing them is pretty tough, so I don't have any concerns about fitness or concentration over the race distances,” he said.
“Participating in the free practice sessions last year however gave me a heads up to see which particular areas needed a bit more focus, for example your neck or shoulder muscles.”