Perhaps Force India has seen the light and figured out that the main drivers need as much time in the cockpit as possible?

The team’s test and reserve driver Paul di Resta will once again not be taking part in a Grand Prix weekend, with the team confirming that its main drivers, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, will occupy their respective cockpits for all of the practice sessions at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

Di Resta has been a semi-regular feature in Friday practice, deputising for either driver at the Australian, Malaysian, Chinese and Spanish Grands Prix in the first free practice session on the Friday.

However, the 24-year-old Scot has had to play second fiddle in both Bahrain and Monaco, respectively due to the revised track configuration and the “challenging layout of the circuit”, amid the need for the team’s main drivers to better familiarise themselves in the lead-up to the race itself.

The team has this time sited “new development parts” being fitted to the car as the reason for his enforced absence from the cockpit.

Amid further rumours that Vitantonio Liuzzi’s seat is potentially under threat from the Scot, this might come as welcome news to the Italian!

"It was a late call from the team but I completely understand their decision as there are some new upgrades coming through this race that really need the drivers’ and the team’s attention," di Resta said upon the announcement.

More thumb-twiddling in Turkey it seems…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.