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Young pair to get BMW test

BMW has confirmed that it will grant an F1 test to two young drivers despite the announcement that it will quit the sport at the end of the 2009 season.

Both American youngster Alexander Rossi and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will join the team at Jerez in early December as part of commitments already in place through the Formula BMW programme.

The announcement comes at the same time as BMW reveals that it will bring Formula BMW Americas to an end following the conclusion of the 2009 season, with the focus remaining on the series' in both Europe and Asia.

“Despite having announced our exit from Formula One this week, we will honour our commitments to young drivers in Formula BMW,” BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said. “Thus we are looking forward to granting another two Formula BMW graduates the opportunity of gathering experience in a Formula One car.

“Alexander Rossi earned the chance by winning the Formula BMW World Final last year, becoming the first US American to do so. Esteban Gutierrez won the Rookie of the Year award in the 2007 Formula BMW Americas series, and won the overall championship in Formula BMW Europe last year against stiff opposition.

“In December both drivers will get to leave their mark in a Formula One test.”

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Matt - Unregistered

July 31, 2009 5:19 PM

They made a commitment to the drivers and said they'd let them drive the cars at a test. Now they are honoring the commitment - that's the point of it. If these two drivers perform well maybe some other teams will become interested in them.

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