Out of work following the latest GP2 Series seat shuffle, Borja Garcia may yet find himself more gainfully employed, following suggestions that he could be in line for a development role at Williams.

According to Spain's as.com, the former Racing Engineering and Durango driver is in talks to fill the role vacated by Narain Karthikeyan's search for a race seat, with the 25-year old Garcia apparently being considered favourably to add a little experience alongside F3 racer Nico Hulkenberg. Although team boss Frank Williams backed the decision to hire Hulkenberg earlier this week, the German's experience rises only as high as A1GP, while Garcia has already tested on occasion with Toyota - Williams' current engine partner - as reward for his Spanish F3 success in year's past, and has spent three seasons in either GP2 or the World Series by Renault.

The report claims that the deal is also being backed by the Valencia regional government, even though Williams has played down recent reports that it was looking to establish a testing base at the city's Ricardo Tormo circuit, a popular stop-off on the winter development schedule. The team has since clarified that it would be looking for a base in the area, but only to serve as a logistics centre for equipment during the testing season.

Although the extent of any development role remains unsure, Garcia's backers are apparently hoping that he will get at least one outing in free practice over the European GP weekend which, for the first time, is being run on a new street circuit in downtown Valencia.

Garcia, meanwhile, will look to keep his hand in during the season by racing in the new Superleague Formula series, where he will represent Sevilla in a car run by Adrian Campos Motorsport, and, possibly, by returning to the World Series by Renault, a strong 2006 performance in which saw him return to GP2 last season.

Fellow Spaniard Dani Clos is also being linked to a test with Williams. The F3 Euroseries runner was mentioned in connection with a plan to give young talent a break which accompanied initial reports that the Grove team was looking to establish a base in Valencia.

Spanish involvement in F1 continues to be the subject of much speculation in the national media, with Roldan Rodriguez and Javi Villa both being touted for testing roles over the winter. While Rodriguez was being heavily championed for a seat at Force India for 2008, the team did not even offer him a background role and he now appears to have missed out on a place in GP2 as a result. Villa, meanwhile, is being monitored by BMW and may get the occasional outing alongside confirmed test drivers Christian Klien and Marko Asmer before possibly stepping up in 2009.

 

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