Force India’s test and reserve driver Paul di Resta will be sidelined from Friday practice for the third race in succession, with the team making the logical decision to deploy its main drivers, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, as much cockpit time as possible for F1’s first visit to the nation.
“As we decided at the start of the season, I’m not going to be driving in Korea as it’s a new track for everyone and the drivers will need the extra track time to get used to its nuances,” di Resta said in a team statement.
“With the track being ready so late, that extra time is even more important as the conditions are going to evolve very, very quickly over the race weekend.”
Di Resta has been hotly tipped as a replacement for the struggling Liuzzi, despite the Italian claiming that he has a valid contract for next season.
The Scot, who currently leads the DTM championship standings after a hat-trick of wins in his AMG Mercedes, is still looking forward to the event, despite having to twiddle his thumbs for much of the proceedings.
“it will be interesting to see the new venue and also experience how the team prepares for a completely new event, both at the track and back at the factory,” he added.
With Force India locked in a tight battle with Williams for sixth in the Constructors’ Championship standings, the outfit needs a good result this weekend after its form has been seen to have tailed off of late.
In readiness for the event, the team will introduce a revised front wing for the Yeongyam circuit, in addition to other mechanical and aero updates.
The team has also announced that Andy Green – freshly poached from Virgin Racing’s technical team – will be promoted to the role of Technical Director as a replacement for Mark Smith, who is jumping ship to Lotus just months after he was appointed as the replacement for James Key, who went to Sauber.
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