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Markus Winkelhock to test for Midland 08 Nov 2005

Markus Winkelhock (GER) Drago Multiracing. Renault World Series, Rd8, Estoril, Portugal, 2 October 2005. World ©  Sutton

Midland confirmed on Tuesday that 2005 World Series Renault driver, Markus Winkelhock, will conduct a one-day test for the team on December 10 at Jerez, Spain. Winkelhock will have a seat fitting at their Silverstone factory on November 16 in preparation for his first Formula One test.

"This is a fantastic chance for me to drive a Formula One for the first time,” said the 25-year-old German, whose father Manfred was a Grand Prix driver 20 years ago. “This opportunity does not put too much pressure on me. I finished 3rd in the World Series this year so I think I have quite a good feeling for single seaters. I hope I will be able to do a good job for the team.”

In 2005, Winkelhock competed for the Draco Multiracing USA Team and finished third in the championship, winning three races. Previously, he had raced successfully in Formula Renault, Formula 3 and DTM.

"Markus Winkelhock is one of the most promising driving talents in Germany at the moment and I am delighted that we are able to offer him his first F1 test drive next month,” said Colin Kolles, the Midland team’s managing director. “I saw him compete in F3 a few years ago and was already impressed by his driving. His first season in the World Series in 2005 has been very successful and we are looking forward to working with him at Jerez."

Midland, who will also be testing Italian GT star Thomas Biagi in December, still have one drive open for 2006, having already confirmed Dutchmen Christijan Albers and Nicky Pastorelli as race and third drivers respectively.