2nd Feb 08, 13:10 #1
OFFICIAL: BMW sign Klien and Asmer
BMW sign Klien and Asmer as test drivers
By Biranit Goren Saturday, February 2nd 2008, 12:47 GMT
BMW Sauber have decided to take on board two test drivers for the 2008 season, with former Formula One driver Christian Klien appointed the team's test and reserve driver, while Marko Asmer has joined as their second junior test driver.
Klien raced for Jaguar Racing and then Red Bull Racing in the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and joins BMW after a year at Honda as their test driver. Asmer is the reigning British F3 champion.
"We wanted a third driver with Formula One racing experience, as well as an up-and-coming young driver for us to train up to Formula One level," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.
"With Christian we have signed on a driver who is familiar with the format of a Grand Prix weekend and can step into the breach right away should one of our team drivers have to back out.
"Marko has driven our car four times since December 4th and has made steady progress. He has worked in a concentrated, focused and calm fashion. The feedback from the engineers bears positive testimony to him, and the chemistry between him and the team is right as well."
Austrian Klien, who raced in Formula BMW in 1999, said his new position with BMW Sauber was "a bit of a homecoming".
"I'm really pleased that I will be part of the team in 2008 and continue to be involved in Formula One," the 25-year-old said.
Estonian Asmer added: "I always hoped for an opportunity to get into Formula One. Naturally I did everything I could to avoid any mistakes and to do a good job. I learnt a lot while driving in the tests at Jerez and Valencia, but also as a spectator and observer.
"I was given a very friendly welcome and got on just fine. I feel good in the BMW Sauber F1 Team and I'm very grateful to be a part of it now."2006 GO!
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2nd Feb 08, 13:50 #2
That's awesome news! It took quite long to make the decision, but what's most important that it's a positive one and was worth waiting. And it's also a historic moment for our open-wheelers racing history. All that hard work for many years has finally started to pay off. Sometimes (like after 2005) there were situations, when everything seemed to be over, but 'somehow' there was always found a possibility to keep Marko's career going. Finally Asmer has managed to reach such phase of the career, when it's not needed to think about (the lack of) money all the time and endlessly try to find some sponsors. Now everything depends on Marko - be quick and the doors will open!
3rd Feb 08, 00:50 #3
now lets start taking bets on how long it take Mario to get rid Nick and install klienObama to Biden - "Let the Welfare checks rain upon the Earth - I am going to a barbecue"
3rd Feb 08, 01:18 #4
3rd Feb 08, 02:24 #5
Klien's cool and I said he would get picked up by someone!
I'm glad he's got another chance but I don't want BMW to sack either one of their race drivers.
3rd Feb 08, 14:11 #6
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
Why would Nick get replaced by Klein?
3rd Feb 08, 17:18 #7
Two great signings. Hopefully they will both get a race seat in the future.
I'd like to see Asmer in GP2 this year too.I solumly swear I'm up to no good
3rd Feb 08, 20:39 #8
3rd Feb 08, 21:31 #9
I think BMW could be a very good fit for Klien.
But he still has a lot to prove in race trim!
Last edited by Mr Alca-Tazizzle; 3rd Mar 08 at 15:28.Those who believe in telekinetics raise my hand.
4th Feb 08, 10:15 #10
- Join Date
- Oct 2000
Good to see Klien get this chance, and I am glad he held out for this instead of a Force India test drive.
Can't see him replacing Heidfeld, if he was gonna replace anyone Honda should have booted Barichello and done this last year!
4th Feb 08, 12:27 #11
5th Feb 08, 07:02 #12
5th Feb 08, 20:15 #13
8th Feb 08, 04:09 #14Those who believe in telekinetics raise my hand.
8th Feb 08, 04:44 #15
May he replace Kubica in American race this season.