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Di Resta Won’t Test For Force In Turkey

Paul di Resta has told of how he will sit out free practice testing duties for Force India this weekend in Istanbul park as the Silverstone based team use their two race drivers to evaluate upgrades.

Di Resta has been used in place of one of the race drivers at various race free practices on Friday’s this season as the team evaluate the DTM racer for a potential future race seat.

However the bosses at Force India have decided they want Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi to give them experienced feedback on new parts being put on the car this weekend.

Speaking about the decision, di Resta said: “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.

“I’ll still be there in the garage, trying to learn as much as I can as the developments are pretty exciting. I’ve still done all the groundwork, going in the simulator for some running as I’ve never driven Istanbul Park before.

“It’s a pretty busy time of the year for me as well with the DTM race in Valencia between Monaco and Turkey. But it’s keeping me sharp and focused on racing, which is the best possible situation for me right now.”

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