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Di Resta to miss out on Friday practice run

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta will miss out on his usual Friday practice run © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta will not be driving the Force India during Friday morning practice at Hockenheim.

The team said that the extreme allocation of Bridgestone's hardest and softest tyre compounds for the race weekend, meant it needed both its race drivers to get as much experience as possible in the car.

"It's a shame but I completely understand the decision," said di Resta. "In Hockenheim Bridgestone are bringing two tyre compounds that are two steps apart - the super-soft and the hard - rather than just the one step as usual, so the drivers and the engineers need to understand the performance fully.

"It's a decision that's been taken relatively late but it's better to err on the side of caution at such a crucial stage in the season. The team is performing well but other teams are also making steps forward so we need to have as much information as possible to get every performance advantage we can."

Force India is currently sixth in the constructors' world championship, 42 points behind Renault and just 16 points ahead of the improving Williams team.

"I'll be back in the car in Hungary, replacing Tonio [Liuzzi] for FP1, so I'll resume my running there," di Resta added. "In the meantime I'll join in the programme as usual - help out with meetings, on the pitwall and pick up as much information as I can. At this stage everything is part of the learning process."