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Young drivers to test for BMW Sauber 31 Jul 2009

Race winner Alexander Rossi (USA) (Centre); second placed Daniel Juncadella (ESP) (Left) and third placed Mikael Grenier (CDN) on the podium. Formula BMW Americas, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 30 October - 2 November 2008. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Josef-Kaufmann-Racing Formula BMW driver in the Williams garage. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday 2 August 2008.

Although they revealed this week they are to withdraw from Formula One racing at the end of the season, BMW Sauber have announced they will test two young drivers before the end of the year. Ex-Formula BMW participants Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutierrez will be granted their first taste of an F1 car in December.

“Despite having announced our exit from Formula One, we will honour our commitments to young drivers in Formula BMW,” explained BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “Thus we are looking forward to granting another two Formula BMW graduates the opportunity of gathering experience in a Formula One car.”

American Rossi clinched the 2008 Formula BMW Americas championship after taking nine pole positions and 10 race victories, and was awarded his Formula One test after winning the Formula BMW World Final event late last year. Mexican driver Gutierrez, meanwhile, was declared the 2008 Formula BMW Europe champion, after winning seven races and taking a further five podiums.

This season, Gutierrez has been competing in the British and Euro Formula Three series, while Rossi has been racing in Formula Masters. The two 17 year-olds will take to the Spanish circuit of Jerez for the test from December 1-3.