Klien could be new McLaren reserve driver – report

Thu, 18 February 2010, 10:01

Feb.18 (GMM) Christian Klien could become McLaren’s new reserve and primary test driver.

Rumours at the Jerez test, repeated by the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, suggest the 27-year-old Austrian is being considered to replace Pedro de la Rosa.

Spaniard De la Rosa was McLaren’s main tester since 2003, but he is returning to the grid in 2010 with Sauber.

Gary Paffett is already a McLaren test driver, but he is staying in the DTM championship this year, moving team boss Martin Whitmarsh to confirm recently that the Woking based outfit needs “another driver”.

48 grands prix veteran Klien, most recently the tester at BMW-Sauber and formerly Honda, said last week he is still hoping to find a race seat, but that “another year as a reserve driver would not be a catastrophe”.

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