Paul di Resta Force India’s regular test driver, Paul di Resta, won’t be making an appearance in the cockpit at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, the team has confirmed.

The Scot will sit out proceedings at this weekend’s event due to the need for its main drivers to have as much opportunity as possible to evaluate the car’s set-up on the extreme Bridgestone tyre allocation.

“It’s a shame but I completely understand the decision,” the 24-year-old said. “It’s a decision that’s been taken relatively late but it’s better to err on the side of caution at such a crucial stage in the season.”

The decision perhaps refers to the sudden improvement in form being shown by the Williams team, which has vaulted to just 16 points behind the Vijay Mallya owned operation, whose sixth place in the Constructors’ Standings might come under threat.

Di Resta confirmed that he would be back behind the wheel at the next round in Hungary, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi.

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