Bathgate Bullet Paul di Resta will be hoping to go out on a high as he prepares for the final race of the 2012 season with a trip to Brazil this weekend.
The Sahara Force India racer finished 15th in the Austin Grand Prix and is hoping to better that result to end the year with a fine finish.
Speaking after his disappointing outing in USA, he said: “I was fighting a lot of oversteer in the car and made an error in turn 19, lost the rear, and spun.
“I was just trying a bit too hard to keep the cars behind me.
“That gave me some flat spots on my tyres so I had to pit for a second time.
“From there it was difficult to fight back because it was a clear one-stop race.”
He added: “I made a good start and for the first few laps we were in quite a strong position and moving forward with good lap times.
“Maybe we waited too long before pitting because I became vulnerable to Senna after my stop and was struggling on cold tyres with tyre warm-up.
“I couldn’t keep Senna behind me and then I had the same situation with Maldonado.”
The race is on Sunday.