Di Resta Will Push Race Drivers in 2010 - Force India

Paul di Resta's position within the Force India Mercedes throughout the 2010 season will be revised race after race, as confirmed by the team's new CEO Otmar Szafnauer. The Romanian-born official made it very clear that, while nurturing the talent of the Scottish racer, his team has to keep a close eye on the 2010 standings in order to help their drivers achieve better performances in the championship.

Translated into English, this means that Di Resta's initial running of the VJM03 on the Fridays of each Grand Prix weekend will be revised, depending on the position of the team's race drivers – Adrian Sutil or Vitantonio Liuzzi – in the overall classification.

Say you are in a battle for whatever place in the championship, and both racing drivers say 'Look, we need all the time in the car', and that's what you do. The plan, as it stands today, is he will do one of the Friday sessions and then we swap, so Tonio loses one on a Friday and then Adrian loses one on another,” said Szafnauer.

Simple maths tells us that this would translate into 9 or 10 Fridays of action for young Di Resta, with the exception of new circuits included into the F1 calendar for 2010 (Korea, for example).

Additionally, the Force India CEO admitted that part of the reason why the team chose such a talented driver to be a reserve for the 2010 season was to give their current lineup a push in the series. If the pressure will help them overachieve in 2010, that's only a bonus for the upcoming campaign.

It could have the unintended consequence of pushing the race drivers a bit. Fine, nothing wrong with that. Back when most teams had third drivers, it didn't cause any difficulties to the racing drivers in the teams. Zero whatsoever,” he continued.

But it did give the racing drivers something to look at and say "Oh look how quick he was" and talk to him and ask 'how did you do it, blah, blah blah". (...) So I don't think it will cause any discontent, but it is another input, and mainly is to give Paul some seat time. And how else could you do it?
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