Vervisch still waiting for Force India test
7 January 2010 – After being awarded a test with the Force India team in the spring of 2008, Frédéric Vervisch is yet to take to the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time. Handed the opportunity as a reward for clinching the Asian Formula 3 crown of the 2007-08 season, the Belgian's waiting looks to continue for the foreseeable future as the Silverstone team concentrates its testing efforts on regular drivers Sutil and Liuzzi.
With Vervisch notified of his first F1 test at the start of Lewis Hamilton's title-winning season, the new-for-2009 limited test regulations prevent teams from running cars for regular drivers in-season, meaning the value of pre-season sessions has increased significantly.
"The failure to take part in the test is a big setback and is very disappointing," 23-year-old Vervisch explained. "It's been nearly two years now, since winning the Asian Formula 3 title, but it suddenly went very quiet. We have done everything possible to make this test happen but have so far failed. The Formula 1 dream is not yet over; realistically, I still have two or three years to get to F1 - if in 2011 there are still no opportunities, I will have to start thinking more about my future."
In response to Vervisch - who could possibly join the next young driver test in December - Force India has explained that, due to the modification of testing rules since his outing was offered, it must now focus fully on its regular drivers:
'The Force India F1 Team's 2008/9 testing programme has been extremely limited due to the ban on in-season testing,' the Anglo-Indian outfit told GPUpdate.net on Thursday. 'As such, our testing mileage is at a premium and the priority is now to give the race drivers mileage in advance of the 2010 season.'
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