Paul di Resta will sit out Friday practice for the Belgian Grand Prix after Force India elected to give maximum track time to race drivers Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi.

While others have been able to relax during the summer shutdown, di Resta has been hard at work with his DTM programme with Mercedes, having taken in races at both the Nurburgring and Zandvoort.

Although the Scot had helped the Force India team with work in the simulator, he will take on a watching brief at the circuit before returning to action for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

"Although there's not been an F1 event since Hungary I've been pretty busy with my DTM programme so there's not been much time for holidays," he said. "I've had two races, first at the Nurburgring and then at Zandvoort, where I picked up another podium to really get into the title fight.

"I've also been continuing my schedule with Force India, working in the simulator with the engineers and trying to get as prepared for the Belgian Grand Prix as we can. Everyone is very pumped up to do well at this track knowing that the result last year was so good and the championship battle is so tight.

"Unfortunately I'm not going to be in the car this time out as Spa is a pretty unique track. We've also got some work to do on the new blown floor and the low downforce package so it's natural we need to give the race drivers the additional time to properly evaluate. I'm happy with this - although it's always hard to sit out on such a great track - as it's a team effort and we've got a big fight on our hands to hold onto sixth in the championship. I'll get my chance in Monza, which I can't wait for."


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