Force India F1 test and reserve driver Paul di Resta is to make a comeback to the cockpit during Friday practice for this weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia – and revealing that he feels 'rested and relaxed', the Scot is palpably eager to get back into the groove again.
Having run on the opening day in Melbourne, Sepang, Shanghai and Barcelona, di Resta missed the subsequent three outings in Monte Carlo, Istanbul and Montreal in order to allow race drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi more preparation time of their own on grand prix weekends. Now, however, the 24-year-old has admitted that he is champing at the bit ahead of his long-awaited return.
“I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car again in Valencia, particularly as it's been a few months since I was last out in practice in Spain,” he acknowledged. “Valencia is quite a good circuit to get back on-track, as it's fast and smooth and looks pretty easy to learn as a layout.
“I'm preparing myself for it with the usual simulator work, and then we'll walk the track on Thursday to pick up the smaller details like the kerbing, bumps and any changes from last year that might affect the baseline set-up we run on Friday.
“Tonio and I will be in pretty similar positions in that we've never raced on the circuit before, so we'll work together to get as much information as possible for the rest of the weekend. I've also had a weekend off since Canada – which is pretty unusual this year! – so I feel rested and relaxed ahead of the event.
“Every weekend I go to with the team I learn something new, which is really what this year is about. In the last few races I've been on the pit wall, listening to the discussions and seeing how the team operates at this level. There's a lot of information being passed around and you need to interpret that very quickly, and it's not something that – as a driver – you normally get access to during the session. It certainly helps to give an idea of the bigger picture.”