Force India’s driver, Adrian Sutil, has confirmed that the team will join Red Bull Racing and skip the first of the pre-season F1 test sessions scheduled to take place at Valencia from 1 February.
The first official running of the team’s 2010 challenger, dubbed the VJM3, will occur on the 10 February test session at Jerez.
Sutil has told the official F1 website that the team has delayed its initial test appearance so it can concentrate on further developing its car – a tactic not dissimilar to that of Red Bull.
"The whole team is hard at work developing the best car possible and it looks very, very promising right now," Sutil said in an interview.
"The new rules are a big challenge for everybody, so to make a clear statement about how good we have been in interpreting those new regulations we will have to wait until the first test in Jerez, where I will drive the VJM3 for the first time."
Confident words from Adrian! But will the gamble pay off?
Furthermore, how long until Adrian bins the new car into a wall? We’re offering good odds on the first morning!