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Rossiter lands Force India Friday drive at Silverstone

ESPN Staff
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James Rossiter drove the Force India VJM06 during the first test of 2013 © Sutton Images
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Force India's simulator driver James Rossiter will take part in Friday morning practice at the British Grand Prix.

Rossiter is Force India's go-to man for simulator work and tested this year's car in Jerez during the pre-season. Despite testing for Super Aguri and BAR in the past, Friday will mark his debut at a grand prix weekend as he takes to the cockpit of Sutil's car for the morning's 90 minute session.

"This is an amazing opportunity and I'm really looking forward to taking part in an official practice session during a grand prix weekend," Rossiter said. "The fact that Silverstone is my home race makes the news even sweeter.

"The main reason for driving the car is to help progress the team's simulator programme, which I've been working on for almost twelve months. I drove the car during winter testing in February, but it's valuable to have another opportunity to experience the real car and make sure it's in harmony with the simulator."

Sutil will return to the car for the rest of the weekend from second practice onwards.