Force India skips second practice
The Force India team yesterday pulled out of the second free practice session for this weekend's controversial Bahrain Grand Prix on safety grounds.
Instead of running their cars at the Sakhir circuit in the desert 32 kilometres south of capital city Manama, the team concentrated on setting them up in readiness for Saturday’s final practice and qualifying sessions.
The statement said: “Sahara Force India completed a busy morning practice session in Bahrain with Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg each completing 26 laps respectively. Both drivers used the soft and medium tyres during the session.
For logistical reasons the team will run a rescheduled programme for the rest of the weekend, which will result in the team missing second practice to ensure the most competitive performance in FP3, qualifying and the race.” Force India confirmed they were pulling out to make sure they can return to their hotel before nightfall.