The Car Geek: BMW Sauber Eyes Asmer Move

The Car Geek

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

BMW Sauber Eyes Asmer Move

Perhaps, you are also excited to know who’s gonna occupy BMW Sauber’s vacant test driver seat at Formula One. Mind you, he could be Marko Asmer. Remember the name.

BMW Sauber team head honcho Mario Theissen has revealed that Asmer, a British F3 Champion, is a leading contender for BMW's vacant test driver seat. "He would be a potential candidate for a future test drive, one of several I have to say," Theissen told Autosport.

But the German chief explained that aside from the Estonian driver there are a few other candidates. "Obviously I will have a closer look at who emerged from Formula BMW, because I know them from the past years and I want to see how they develop. And then there are a few others," he said.

The Hinwil-based team is in the market for a test driver after Formula One's Contract Recognition Board ruled that the 2007 incumbent Timo Glock could leave BMW. The German driver wanted out of his contract so he could take up a race seat with Toyota, said Sporting Life.

And Theissen confirmed that a few drivers would be handed the opportunity to prove their credentials in testing at Jerez, as the team look for Glock's replacement.

"We might have one, two or maximum three guys in the car at the December test in Jerez, and then we should come to a decision before the end of the year," he added. To note, former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos has been touted as another worthy choice.

It can be recalled that Thiessen plucked Robert Kubica from the F3 series. Thus, it’s not shocking to know that he will again unearth a youngster of a similar caliber.

The F1 team sponsored by the maker of BMW 533i radiators has consistently flaunted its prowess in the racing arena. With a potential test driver like Asmer, BMW still has a long way to go…