BMW Sauber's Vettel to keep racing in 2007 21 Nov 2006
BMW Sauber confirmed on Tuesday that reserve driver Sebastian Vettel will combine his role at the team with a race drive in the 2007 World Series by Renault. Vettel will compete for British team Carlin Motorsport.
To be confirmed as test and reserve driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team meant a big step for me, said the 19 year-old German. At the same time I am glad I can go racing and continue to learn with the Carlin team, which I already know. If there are any clashes in dates, Formula One has priority, that much is clear.
Vettel competed in three World Series by Renault events in 2006 - also for Carlin Motorsport - and scored two victories. The calendar for the series in 2007 features a total of 17 races.
With this programme Sebastian will get more racing experience and extend his overall experience as well, explained Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director. This is an important factor in the career of such a young driver. Furthermore for us it was important that Sebastian does not have to compete in two different racing series over a Formula One weekend. This finally led to the decision against a drive in the GP2 series.
Robert Kubica, Vettels team mate at BMW Sauber, won the World Series by Renault title in 2005.