Red Bull refugees Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien will both return to Force India's testing roster at next month's Jerez session, having impressed on their first outing with the team in Barcelona.

Although they will be part of an expanded seven-man squad running the former Spyker F8-VIIBs, with Giancarlo Fisichella, Ralf Schumacher and Franck Montagny joining four of the five to have run at the Circuit de Catalunya - both drivers admit that they are delighted to have been recalled.

"I was pleased with how Barcelona went and am happy to be invited back to participate in another test with the team," Liuzzi, who lost his seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso to Sebastien Bourdais, claimed, "Everyone is very professional, there's a good atmosphere and I think a lot of potential. For the moment, I will concentrate on doing my best in this next test, but it feels good so far. We will see how Jerez goes."

While Liuzzi is clearly optimistic that he may be in with a chance to racing with Vijay Mallya's operation in 2008, he will also be aware that he faces stiff competition, not least from the man who he was forced to seat-share with in his first year in the top flight. Klien has made no secret of his determination to return to racing, giving up a testing role with Honda to pursue opportunities.

"I am looking forward to another test with the team in Jerez, and to continuing the good work we started in Barcelona," the Austrian said, "Everyone in the team is very focused and determined to be even more competitive in 2008, so I am happy to be part of the current evaluation programme. I will be concentrating on helping them to get the most out of the car and again working well with the engineers."

Fisichella and Montagny will open the test on Tuesday [4 December], but both Liuzzi and Klien have been promised a day in the car. They will be joined at various junctures by Giedo van der Garde and Roldan Rodriguez, while 2007 Spyker regular Adrian Sutil sits out the session.

 

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