Di Resta in optimistic mood
Paul Di Resta is convinced he faces a "very rosy" conclusion to the season as he bids to bring his barren run to an end.
Di Resta made it five successive races without a point after running into a barrier in his Force India late on in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
Following initial investigations done by the team, nothing they have seen points to the car being at fault, suggesting driver error.
Overall, it was Di Resta's fifth DNF (did not finish) in 13 races this season, a staggering number when you consider the Scot has only endured four over the course of his previous two full campaigns.
But there were positive signs for Di Resta his car was returning to the level of performance witnessed prior to the enforced tyre change following the blowout debacle during the British Grand Prix.
Pirelli's construction switch proved to be a game-changer for Force India, but Di Resta feels there are now no excuses.
"When you start P17 - and the car was not strong enough or good enough to progress further in qualifying - it was then very strong in the race," Di Resta said.
"The race pace came to us. We had good tyres, good tyre life, and that was the difference.
"I was able to get through, which allowed me some free track and it allowed us to be flexible (with strategy).
"When you are having a season like we're having at the moment, to miss out on points - and it probably would have been a sixth - it's a big hit for the team.
"Now we need to get ourselves together and bounce back from it."
Although there remain issues with the current tyres, Di Resta added: "We can't really blame them any more.
"We've had enough time to reference them and get as much as we can out of them.
"It's clear we are not switching them on, but that's just the way this car works. Everybody has had the same opportunity and they've managed to do it.
"We'll try and unleash some more potential because other people have found the key to making them work, as we did with the other tyres at the beginning of the year.
"We can do it and if we can get our race performance like that on Sunday a few times in the remaining races then we are looking very rosy in some of them."
Despite the gloomy pointless streak, the 26-year-old can certainly see light at the end of the tunnel.
"Five races with no points is not great on paper, but we were well within a points finish in Singapore," insisted Di Resta.
"As a team we did our maximum. If we had finished sixth from where we were, and with a safety car not going our way (for Daniel Ricciardo's crash), it's all thumbs up."