Khalil Beschir has revealed that he is in discussions with a couple of F1 teams regarding a testing role in 2010, as he bids to become the first Arabic-born driver to make the grade in the six decade history of the top flight.
Beschir's highest-profile competition to-date has been three seasons in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for his home nation Lebanon, and whilst he never succeeded in entering the points, he was one of just three drivers to win an official A1GP award and the only driver to represent his country in each of the seemingly now defunct championship's first three campaigns.
Having made no secret of his desire to graduate to the grand prix grid, it is understood that the 26-year-old is being courted by two F1 outfits with regard to becoming a test and development driver in 2010 – and to add weight to the rumours, he was recently spotted at the Virgin Racing launch in London with esteemed sponsorship consultant Andrew Barshall.
“It is incredibly exciting to see all the changes in Formula 1 and the new blood coming into the sport,” Beschir told Crash.net
. “We already have two spectacular Formula 1 races in the Middle East, and as I was the first driver from the region in single-seaters, I also want to be the first to reach Formula 1.
“I think 2010 is probably the best time to get this opportunity to be involved with a Formula 1 team and bring more involvement from the Middle East into Formula 1. It's a very tough time for sponsors, but I have had a lot of backing and support from throughout the region to put together a serious programme for 2010, in a feeder series and to get involved with a Formula 1 team in a testing and development role.
“I am extremely excited about the prospects for the involvement of the Middle East in Formula 1, and I hope that seeing my involvement will encourage a lot of young drivers from the region.”