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.
The US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit has reportedly parked itself and the pending 2018 season. According to various reports including AutoWeek, AutoSport.com and Motorsport.com, the Red Bull-sponsored GRC has suspended operations.
MotorSportsTalk reached out to a GRC spokesman for comment and further details.
It appears that all GRC-related websites, including its home page, as well as the site to order tickets to races this season, are unavailable. The series’ Twitter account @GRCseries remains, but hasn’t tweeted since April 13.
New York’s Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, which was to host the GRC’s season-opening event (the original Louisville opener in mid-May was cancelled), issued a statement on its Twitter account:
Several GRC teams said at the end of last season that they would not return to the series, including teams from Honda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
It is expected that the GRC Europe series will continue working on its 2019 campaign.
It’s unclear whether teams that are no longer with the GRC U.S. series will move to a new series backed by IMG known as “Americas Rallycross Championship.” The ARC is slated to kick off as part of next month’s World Rallycross event at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Other ARC events, also tied into WRC events, will be at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4-5, and at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29-30. A fourth event is still in the works.