Doornbos frustrated at dwindling F1 career

Wed, 11 October 2006, 10:24

Current Red Bull race driver Robert Doornbos is frustrated about his diminishing formula one prospects for 2007 and beyond.

The Dutch tester was recently drafted into the race lineup after Christian Klien’s departure, but the arrival of Mark Webber at the end of the year means that he won’t feature on the 2007 grid.

Doornbos, 25, told Formule 1 RaceReport that he was annoyed that even sister squad Toro Rosso – planning to retain Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed – cannot accommodate him.

“At moments such as these it is very frustrating to be in formula one,” he stated.

It is also reported that Doornbos’ proposal to team boss Christian Horner that he be allowed to be a Red Bull tester next year as well as race in Champ Car, was rejected.

Horner, meanwhile, told ‘Speed TV’ that the new limited 2007 test agreement is likely to have reduced the need for a dedicated test driver. He added that a third driver may not even be used in the three hours of Friday running.

But, referring to Horner and team magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, Doornbos insisted: “Fortunately all of the important decisions are made in Austria.”


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