From Formula BMW to Formula One

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During the 2007 Formula One season, the BMW Sauber F1 Team is relying on the services of two young talents from Germany, who have both won championship honours in Formula BMW, as test drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock.

Formula BMW is usually seen as the leading entry-level series for international single-seater racing. Two former Formula BMW champions, Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock, will support the two BMW Sauber F1 Team GP drivers over the course of the forthcoming season.

In 2001, Timo took the title in German Formula BMW. Following on from this success, he literally raced through the higher Formula categories. In 2004, the 24-year-old even managed to prove his skills during a Grand Prix race on four seperate occassions. Besides carrying out his testing duties for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, Timo will also enter the GP2 series. Glock says: "I am experienced in certain testing situations. I know what the engineers want to hear, and I can complete my programme with plenty of consistency."

Three years after Timo, Sebastian was setting new records in Formula BMW. In 20 races he celebrated 18 victories, going on to win the German Championship. By 2006, he was already the Friday driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. During the season, the 19-year-old driver recorded three fastest lap times in practice. Despite his young age, Sebastian knows how to handle this early success and maintain a down-to-earth approach. "It's my job to provide the team with as much information as possible," Vettel says. The driver from Heppenheim will once again be looking forward to appearing in the Friday practice sessions. He will also be able to garner further race experience in the World Series by Renault.

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