Vettel keeps third BMW seat for Italy 30 Aug 2006
Sebastian Vettel will again serve as BMW Saubers third driver at the next round of the championship in Italy, the team have confirmed. It follows Vettels impressive debut performance at last weekends Turkish Grand Prix.
Aged just 19, Vettel became the youngest driver to play an official part in a Grand Prix weekend, breaking a record held by New Zealands Mike Thackwell for more than 25 years. Not only that, Vettel then went on to set Fridays fastest time around Istanbul Park.
We are very happy with Sebastians performance, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen told the teams official website. Therefore he will also be our Friday test driver in Monza. However, we will wait until after Monza before we make a decision regarding the last three season races.
Vettel got his Turkish chance after previous third driver Robert Kubica was promoted to the departed Jacques Villeneuves race seat. And with his Monza drive now confirmed, the German teenager has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him.
He is testing for BMW Sauber at Monza this week, alongside Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. He then heads to Zandvoort in Holland on Friday to compete in the next round of the Formula 3 Euroseries. Next week he will be in France for F3 testing at Le Mans until Wednesday, after which he will travel back to Monza.