Williams test for BMW protege Vettel 21 Sep 2005
German driver Sebastian Vettel will make his Formula One debut next week when he gets behind the wheel of the Williams FW27 during the team's test at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
Vettel was awarded a contract by Williams engine partners, BMW, in December 2004 after dominating that years Formula BMW ADAC Championship. He has since moved into the Formula Three Euro Series, with joint sponsorship from BMW and Red Bull.
"When I found out I was going to have a Formula One test, I was absolutely delighted, said the 18-year-old from Heppenheim. Since then, I've been steadily building up my neck muscles to be able to withstand the enormous g-forces I'll face.
Above all, I'm really looking forward to experiencing the performance of the BMW V10 engine. At the moment, I find it hard to imagine that kind of power. I get goose bumps just thinking about driving the FW27 next week!"
BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, commented: Sebastian Vettel proved his outstanding talent in last year's Formula BMW ADAC Championship. This year he is contesting the Formula 3 Euro Series, in which he has further proved his potential. As a result, we are now giving him the opportunity of a Formula One test in Jerez."
Vettel took 18 wins from 20 races in 2004. This year he leads the F3 Euro Series Rookie Cup rankings as the best newcomer, and is fifth in the overall championship standings after 18 of 20 races, thanks to several podium appearances. His Williams test is scheduled for Tuesday September 27.