A Formula 1 engine will fire up at Duxford Airfield just over a week after it played host to María de Villota’s career-ending accident while testing for Marussia Racing.
Force India has announced that it will give Conor Daly – son of ex-F1 and IndyCar racer Derek Daly – his second outing in its VJM05 as part of the team’s scheduled in-season straight-line testing schedule.
The American races for the Lotus GP team in the GP3 feeder championship, famously surviving a monster accident at Monaco last month.
Daly’s role will be to assess the team’s latest aerodynamic developments ahead of the upcoming German Grand Prix. The test session will take place on Thursday.
The team will no doubt be hoping for further improvements in form after a disappointing weekend at its home race at Silverstone last weekend, which saw Paul di Resta register his first DNF in 22 races with accident damage, while team-mate Nico Hülkenberg lost a points-paying position in the closing stages of the race when he ran wide at Copse on the penultimate lap.
We’ll be crossing fingers and toes for a safe test session for Conor.