Christian Klien has revealed that he would rather remain as a Formula 1 test driver with BMW-Sauber next year than return to the top flight in a race-driving role with Force India.
The young Austrian began 46 grands prix in the uppermost echelon for Jaguar and Red Bull Racing from 2004 to 2006, with a best finish of fifth place for the latter in the 2005 season-closing Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
He spent the 2007 campaign testing for Honda, before taking up a similar role with BMW this year, having briefly entertained the notion of returning to competitive action by trying out for Spyker (now Force India) twice over the second half of last season.
Now, however, despite confessing to hankering after a return to a racing seat in F1, the Peugeot sportscar star has stated that he is better off remaining as a tester for a top team in 2009 than a race driver for a back-of-the-grid outfit.
“As it is I would rather test for BMW-Sauber than race with them (Force India),” the man from Hohenems told motorline.cc
. “Of course, a lot of good people are with Force India, but with their car, you can basically only show your talent when it rains.”
“I'm still only 25 and I obviously hope a lot to be back again,” he added in an interview with Crash.net
, when asked about his continuing F1 aspirations. “On the other hand, Le Mans was a great experience for me as well.”
Klien also took the opportunity to dismiss the notion of taking a step down into GP2 – as former Jordan Grand Prix ace Giorgio Pantgano has done this year in the F1 feeder series with Racing Engineering – or moving across the Pond into the IndyCar Series, which he deems to be 'too dangerous'.