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Di Resta hopeful of breakthrough year in 2013

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Paul di Resta does not think he showed his true potential towards the end of last year and is hopeful 2013 will be his breakthrough year.

Di Resta struggled for points in the final six races of the season, slipping from 11th in the drivers' championship after the Singapore Grand Prix to 14th by the end of the year. Meanwhile, his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg hit a rich vein of form, racking up 32 points over the last six rounds and challenging for victory at the final round in Brazil while di Resta crashed out.

"For whatever reason nothing went the right way at the end of last season," Di Resta told Press Association Sport."Essentially you always remember the end of a year more than the beginning, and with my crash as well. There were some good drives, some good pace, but it just never worked out."

However, di Resta is confident he can prove his potential with stronger results in 2013.

"I've been through times like that where you just need to dig deep, and eventually you get out of it. Hopefully this year will be the year. Of course, there is pressure on me this year. It's my third year in Formula One, but as always, nobody puts pressure on me to do well like I do on myself."

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