JULY 31, 2009

BMW confirms tests for Rossi and Gutierrez

Despite the announcement that it is quitting Formula 1, the BMW Sauber team is going to honour its commitment to young drivers Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutierrez. Rossi won the Formula BMW Americas title last year and took victory in the World Final in Mexico, while Guitierrez was champion of Formula BMW Europe. It is believed that BMW may even have had some options on the young drivers or the future, but with the decision this week to quit F1 such deals are now off. The team will however run the pair in a test planned at Jerez between December 1-3.

BMW says that at the end of this year the Formula BMW Americas series will come to an end because there have not been enough support as a result of the economic crisis.