Timo Glock says he wants to use his new test role at BMW as a springboard back to the formula one grid.
The 24-year-old German raced a few times for Jordan at the end of 2004, but he only returned to the interest of the pit lane bosses in the second half of last year with an impressive run in GP2.
BMW-Sauber has snapped him up as a second test driver to support countryman and teenager Sebastian Vettel, but Glock is also touted as a title favourite in F1’s support category with the GP2 squad iSport.
“With half a good season in GP2 last year, I created this opportunity (at BMW), so who knows what I can do with a whole season,” he told sport1.de.
“My focus though is on F1, because that is my future.
“I want to use this opportunity with BMW to get a firm seat in formula one.”
Glock is BMW’s fourth driver this year, but he rejected suggestions that the younger age of his teammates Vettel (19) and Robert Kubica (22) means that he is less likely to progress with the Hinwil based squad.
He will get his maiden run in the new ‘F1.07’ car on Thursday at Jerez.
“Younger does not always mean better,” Glock smiled.
“At the age of 22 I collected a lot of experienced with Jordan, so I see that as my advantage.”