Di Resta arrives in India unwell and makes way for Calado in FP1

James Calado at Buddh

James Calado at Buddh

On the eve of the Indian Grand Prix weekend it has emerged Paul di Resta has arrived feeling unwell and is set to make way for James Calado in FP1 at the Buddh International Circuit.

Earlier, it was no surprise when word got around the paddock in India that reserve driver Calado will be driving the Scot’s car in initial Friday practice.

“FP1 will see James Calado make one of his Friday appearances,” the Silverstone based team said on Twitter. “He will sub for Paul, who will be back in the car for FP2.”

But Briton Calado said on his own Twitter account: “Due to Paul being unwell I will be driving tomorrow morning’s FP1 session.”

Di Resta appeared sprightly on Thursday as he spoke to reporters, fending off suggestions his future is looking particularly uncertain.

“I think in the midfield, nobody’s certain anywhere at the moment,” he said.

It is reported the Scot could have the dreaded ‘Delhi belly’. German reports suggested Felipe Massa’s engineer Rob Smedley may be similarly afflicted.

At the same time, di Resta’s Force India teammate Adrian Sutil seemed to be dropping hints about his own future.

“How do you know that I’m without a contract for 2014?” the German smiled to Formula 1’s official website.

When asked again about his chances of a 2014 deal, Sutil added: “Maybe it’s already solved. Hopefully I can say more in the coming weeks.” (GMM)

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