Doornbos looks to keep test seat

Mon, 7 August 2006, 03:04

Robert Doornbos could be retained as Red Bull’s test driver beyond 2006, according to reports in Holland.

‘Formule 1 RaceReport’ claimed on Monday that Christian Horner has ruled out Doornbos’ hopes of a race seat in 2007.

”We still have not taken a decision,” the team principal was quoted as saying. ”At the moment, the race drivers are our priority.

”But we are very satisfied with Robert.”

Doornbos’ manager, however – Marco Zecchi – said he is in negotiations with ‘several teams’ about a test role for the Dutch driver.

In a day or two, Red Bull is expected to confirm that Mark Webber will join David Coulthard in the racing seats next year.

Christian Klien, then, is the casualty, and Toro Rosso’s Gerhard Berger insisted that there is no room for him at the ‘junior’ squad.

”We will have Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed,” said the team’s co-owner, according to ‘APA’. ”We are full.”

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