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Vietoris and Farfus overjoyed by Formula One debuts 23 Nov 2007

Race 2 winner Augusto Farfus (BRA), BMW. FIA World Touring Car Championship, Rd1, Curitiba, Brazil, 11 March 2007. World © Sutton Race winner Christian Vietoris (GER) in Parc Ferme. Formula BMW World Final, Valencia, Spain, 24-26 November 2006. World © Sutton

German teenager Christian Vietoris and BMW touring car driver Augusto Farfus enjoyed their first taste of Formula One power on Thursday in Valencia, ahead of this weekend’s BMW World Finals event.

Vietoris, who was rewarded with the drive after winning the 2006 World Finals, completed 62 laps of the Spanish circuit in BMW Sauber's F1.07.

“That was an amazing experience,” said the 18 year-old German. “I have spent many years working towards the chance to drive a Formula One car. The g forces, braking effect and speed are simply phenomenal.

"This car is great fun to drive. It has certainly given me a more accurate impression of the unbelievable power and aerodynamics that are at work in Formula One. Today's drive has made me even more determined to make it into the elite motor sport class.”

Brazilian Farfus was awarded the opportunity to test after an excellent season racing in the World Touring Car Championship. He covered 33 laps during his debut Formula One run.

“A big thank you to BMW and Mario Theissen for giving me the opportunity to have this extraordinary experience,” he said. “At the beginning, I was obviously trying to become acquainted with the car. As I had very little time to prepare myself, I feel my neck muscles a bit more than usual.

“In fact, I haven't raced a single-seater car for four years - not to mention a Formula One car. Lap by lap the feeling for this returned. It's just amazing how quickly things happen in a Formula One cockpit. This requires the highest level of concentration all the time.”

Over the weekend, 35 drivers, who have been selected from the four international Formula BMW series, will battle it out for the chance to test for the team, as this season’s BMW World Finals get underway.