Paul di Resta will be sidelined from his usual Friday practice duties at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, with the Force India team electing to give its regular drivers the maximum track time at the unique Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
With the VJM03’s blown diffuser still requiring further fine-tuning after making its debut at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the team is also bringing a host of low-downforce aerodynamic parts to the event for analysis. Therefore, it was been confirmed that Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil will be in the cockpit this weekend.
“Unfortunately I’m not going to be in the car this time out as Spa is a pretty unique track,” di Resta said. “We’ve also got some work to do on the new blown floor and the low downforce package so it’s natural we need to give the race drivers the additional time to properly evaluate.
“Although it’s always hard to sit out on such a great track […] It’s a team effort and we’ve got a big fight on our hands to hold onto sixth in the championship. I’ll get my chance in Monza, which I can’t wait for.”