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Paul di Resta has admitted it has been a life-long dream to someday race for Formula One giants Ferrari.
The Force India driver had been linked with a move to McLaren at the end of last season but the Woking-based team decided to opt for Mexican ace Sergio Perez to partner 2009 world champion Jenson Button.
Having missed out on a chance to join one of the big names in F1, Di Resta has been keen to get his head down with Force India and the Scots? hard work is playing off, as he currently sits above both Button and Perez in the World Drivers? championship in ninth place.
The 27-year-old?s main focus for now is keeping his current team in fifth spot in the Constructors? Championship but he has admitted he is hoping to move up the grid in the coming years, with his dream to race for Ferrari still a driving force.
He told Sky Sports News: “Ferrari is an ultimate seat that I want to see myself in Formula 1 because of the Italian side of my family. What Ferrari is to Formula 1 is a very special red car when it sits on the grid.
“But I need to wait and see if the opportunities arise. At the moment it’s about putting yourself in the framework for those drives.”
With Felipe Massa?s contract at Ferrari set to expire at the end of the season, Di Resta is determined to impress the Italian outfit this year as he hopes to earn that seat alongside two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.