When you’re battling in the midfield of the Formula One grid, it’s important to take the chances that are presented to you and make th most of them. Paul Di Resta is a man who’s had slightly less chances than everyone else, but in Bahrain he maximised what he could achieve to great effect.

The numbers show how well he did; he finished 2 seconds off a maiden podium, and only 20 seconds or so off the outright victory.

That’s a great effort for the Scot. Force India have been dogged by legal strife and worries over their financial future in recent months, and Paul took the covers off the car at Silverstone on his own while the team pondered who to put in the second seat. And, when Adrian Sutil was finally announced, he stole the spotlight by leading in Australia not once, but twice.

Although Di Resta can come across as a grump sometimes (even after this best-ever result, moaning that Grosjean had a tyre advantage over him) he’s finally put in a performance worthy of being linked with teams like McLaren and Mercedes, as he was during the silly season last year.

Big things start from small beginnings, and this just might be the one he’s been looking for.

Photo: Sahara Force India Media
Photo: Sahara Force India Media