James Rossiter will miss out on the chance to make his first appearance in an official F1 practice session after rain hit Silverstone on the opening day of running for the British Grand Prix.
Force India revealed earlier this week
that it would give the 29-year-old the opportunity to run in the VJM06 to aid the Briton in the work he carries out in the team's simulator, with an on-track outing being seen as the ideal way to ensure he is able to provide greater feedback to the team.
However, Rossiter's outing was dependent on dry weather, with the team stating at the time that the circuit would need to be dry in order to allow Rossiter to fully benefit from his time on track.
With rain falling, the decision has therefore been taken to delay Rossiter's outing until a later date, with Adrian Sutil instead driving his car for both Friday sessions.
The German had been due to stand aside from FP1.
“The wet track means that, unfortunately, James Rossiter won't get the previously announced FP1 run,” Force India revealed. “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 simulator.”