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.