Rossiter misses out on FP1 chance

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Force India’s James Rossiter has missed out on the chance to undertake development work for the team during the first free practice session at the British Grand Prix after it was decided that he would not run due to the wet weather.

Rain hit Silverstone on Thursday evening and continued overnight, meaning that the track was left damp for the first session, requiring full wet tires. For teams, development work is most valuable when conditions are dry, meaning that there was little point of putting Rossiter in the car for FP1.

Through the team’s official Twitter account, the news was confirmed:

“The wet track means that, unfortunately, James Rossiter won’t get the previously announced FP1 run. His work was dependent on dry conditions.

“The team will evaluate other future opportunities for James to drive the VJM06, in conditions that will be more representative for the sim.”

The British driver last ran for the team during winter testing whilst they made a decision over who to hire as a teammate for Paul di Resta, eventually electing Adrian Sutil. Rossiter is yet to make his first full GP start, instead working as a test driver for many teams as well as completing some GT running.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.