Di Resta to do 18 F1 practice sessions

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India third driver Paul di Resta will drive in all bar one of this year’s first free practice sessions in 2010.

He will take the place of team mates Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi in FP1 at alternate events for every race except for the Korean Grand Prix.

At Korea, both race drivers will participate in every free practice session to give them the maximum time to learn the new track.

No other F1 team is involving their third driver in their Friday running in this way.

Di Resta said: “I’m going to be doing the normal programme a race driver would undertake. I hope to build on that to gain a race seat in 2011.”

Liuzzi said he wasn’t concerned about giving part of his practice allocation to the team’s new driver. He said: “If it’s run in a proper way it won’t be a problem.” He confirmed that some details, such as who would miss the sessions at each track, were yet to be worked out.

Di Resta will drive the VJM03 for the first time at Jerez next Wednesday. He will also continue racing for Mercedes in the DTM during the season.

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