Honda principal Nick Fry has ridiculed team rival BMW-Sauber’s decision to use Sebastian Vettel as a Friday test driver in 2007.
Briton Fry observed that with the scrapping of the ‘third car’ rule next year, the policy of letting a tester drive in the free sessions will effectively rob at least one race driver of valuable practice at the grand prix circuits.
“We’ve made it very clear to any prospective test drivers that our race drivers want every bit of practice they can get,” he told Speed TV, amid reports that Honda is on the verge of confirming either Christian Klien or Gary Paffett for the role in 2007.
As speculation builds that BMW-Sauber plan to alternate Vettel between Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica’s cars at each grand prix, Fry expressed delight that a key rival has instigated a seemingly disruptive policy.
He noted: “That will really piss off the race drivers. What are you saying to them? You’re saying probably you haven’t got a drive next year.”