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Di Resta to sit out Canada practice

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta will have to wait until Valencia for his next run © Getty Images

Force India's reserve driver Paul di Resta will sit out a third successive Friday morning practice at the Canadian Grand Prix next week.

He has been gaining experience with the team this year and drove in free practice sessions in Australia, Malaysia, China and Spain.

But in the interests of maximising the regular race drivers' practice time, di Resta did not drive in Bahrain because of the altered track configuration, or in Monaco "due to the challenging layout of the circuit". He also missed out last week to allow race drivers Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil to get used to some new additions to the car including the F-duct.

It has now emerged that di Resta will have to wait another three weeks before he is back in the car.

"Paul will be back in the car in Valencia and will also drive at Silverstone," team manager Andy Stevenson said. "In Canada, we want to give our two regular drivers as much track time as possible. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a very unique track."