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No third drivers for BMW Sauber in Bahrain 09 Apr 2007

Sebastian Vettel (GER) BMW Sauber Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 7 April 2007

BMW Sauber have confirmed they will run only their two race drivers in Friday practice at next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. However, the decision seems to be down to their test drivers’ race commitments, rather than any change in the team’s policy on the matter.

Sebastian Vettel drove one session in both Australia and Malaysia - something race colleagues Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica were not entirely happy about, as they were forced to give up valuable track time to the German.

They will have no such worries in Bahrain, however, as Vettel will be away in Italy, contesting the first round of the World Series by Renault at Monza. BMW Sauber’s other test driver, Timo Glock, will also be unavailable, as he is competing in the opening round of the GP2 championship at Sakhir.

Williams are the only other team to have so far run a test driver in Friday practice. Kazuki Nakajima drove the opening sessions in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.