Paul di Resta will not participate in first practice at Suzuka for Force India next week.
The British driver has driven for the team in practice eight times this year but did not do so at Singapore last week:
Unfortunately I won’t be out in FP1 in Japan, for similar reasons to Singapore – it’s such an important time in the year that we need to play the team game and give ourselves every advantage we can.
Plus the team will have some new aero tweaks to try out so Adrian and Tonio need the time to get used to them and give some feedback for the race.
Paul di Resta
Adrian Sutil added his praise for the Suzuka track which is popular with many of the drivers:
The track itself is a real driver’s circuit. There is just about every corner you could imagine and each one presents its own challenges.
The 130R is just awesome. You’re just flat out in seventh and it bends so you are completely on the limit. It really rewards you if you get it right – I can remember last year taking it in the wet at almost dry level of speed, just the best feeling.
Although the team struggled in Singapore Sutil is expecting a better result this weekend:
Last year we had a pretty promising event in Suzuka. I was fourth on the grid, which was really good, but then we had all the penalties for the yellow flag incident so I started eighth and the race didn’t turn out really well. But all the same the pace was there and we could again show everyone that we were serious racers.
I believe it should be possible to have a decent result there this year. Although the car is more competitive on all types of tracks now, we do still have more of an advantage on the low downforce configurations so I would hope we’d be as competitive as we were at Spa and Monza this year.
Top ten in qualifying and then in the race are possible and we’ve got to do it as the pressure is really on to keep sixth in the constructors’ championship.
Vitantonio Liuzzi is also looking forward to racing on a “real man’s circuit”:
I know Suzuka well as I raced there in 2006 and then again last year. It’s one of the old-school circuits still left in the championship like Spa and Monza – it’s a real man’s circuit and one of the toughest of the year.
We saw last year that the wet conditions can also really upset the balance so it takes every bit of concentration you have and you must be on the top of your game. I really enjoy the high-speed technical corners, especially the first sequence where you have to be very accurate.
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