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Rossiter to make Friday debut with Force India 27 Jun 2013

James Rossiter (GBR) Force India Test Driver.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 7 February 2013 James Rossiter (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 7 February 2013 James Rossiter (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 7 February 2013

Britain’s James Rossiter will make his Grand Prix weekend debut at Silverstone on Friday when he participates in opening free practice for Force India. Rossiter, the team’s simulator driver, will take over Adrian Sutil’s car for the 90-minute session.

The aim is for the 29-year-old to gain more experience of the VJM06 to help ensure Force India's simulator remains as close to the real car as possible. The time in the car will allow Rossiter to give greater feedback during race weekends when he normally supports the team from the factory by carrying out simulator running.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I’m really looking forward to taking part in an official practice session during a Grand Prix weekend,” said Rossiter, who last drove for Force India in pre-season testing. “The fact that Silverstone is my home race makes the news even sweeter.

“The main reason for driving the car is to help progress the team’s simulator programme, which I’ve been working on for almost 12 months. I drove the car during winter testing in February, but it’s valuable to have another opportunity to experience the real car and make sure it’s in harmony with the simulator.”

Force India stressed that the scheduled run for Rossiter, formerly a test driver for Super Aguri and Honda, is dependent on dry track conditions to ensure the team can gain meaningful feedback.

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