Paul di Resta says that he wants to earn a seat at the front of the grid so that he can race Sebastian Vettel in similar equipment.

8166 - Di Resta yearns to race Vettel

Di Resta raced alongside Vettel for ASM Formule 3 in 2006, winning the title by 11 points with one more victory and two more pole positions than his team-mate. Having taken a different path in to Formula One, however, di Resta's debut season coincided with Vettel's second consecutive world championship. He told the Daily Star that he was impressed with how successful Vettel had been, but that a large part of it was to do with his car.

"We were team-mates in Formula 3 in 2006 and we had the same equipment," di Resta said. "Fortunately, I came out on top that year and we had a great battle that went right down to the wire. I'd like to be racing him at the front of Formula One. I have a lot of respect for what he's done. You can't take away what he's achieved this year or diminish his success, but he's been in the best car."

Having been joined by Nico Hulkenberg at Force India, di Resta also said that the identity of his team-mate didn't bother him.

"I don't care which driver I have as a team-mate as long as I am beating them. But you need someone pushing you along at the same time."