Force India’s test driver Paul di Resta will resume cockpit duties at this weekend’s European Grand Prix at Valencia, after being kept on the sidelines at the last three rounds at Monaco, Turkey and Canada.

The Scot had generally been expected to participate in many of the Friday morning sessions this season as the team assesses his prospects for a full-time race berth in 2011.

Paul di Resta While he was always going to stay out of the cockpit at Monaco, the implementation of the ‘F-duct’ into the VJM03 chassis caused a few headaches and the main drivers, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, required more time to acclimatise to its use. Hence, di Resta sat out at Turkey and Canada as well.

This weekend will see di Resta resume driving duties in place of Sutil, as the German has driven the Valencia street circuit before, while Liuzzi will be making his inaugural run there this weekend.

The team has also confirmed that di Resta will appear in the Friday morning practice at the British Grand Prix in place of Liuzzi.

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