Christian Klien is refusing to let the 2007 season get him down.
For the first time since 2003, when he was a full time Formula 3 driver, the 24-year-old Austrian is without a regular race seat on the formula one grid.
But former Jaguar and Red Bull racer Klien, now attending every race as Honda’s official reserve and test driver, said he found comfort recently in conversations with current F1 pacesetters Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.
Because of the new test and weekend restrictions this year, he admitted in an interview with Motorsport Aktuell that his actual cockpit time is currently “limited”.
But Klien insisted: “I have more time to work with the engineers to expand my technical knowledge. And I have spoken with Massa and Alonso who told me that they learned a huge amount in their time as test drivers.
“So I want to make sure I do the same.”
Klien’s next test outing will be at Paul Ricard in France.