Christian Klien has played down speculation in the Dutch press that he could switch to the Midland team at the end of 2006.
The young Austrian, whose race seat at Red Bull will be filled by Williams’ departing Mark Webber in 2007, was reportedly considering the ‘MF1’ option in addition to Red Bull-sponsored drives in DTM or Champ Cars.
But Klien, 23, told news magazine ‘Europolitan’ that he would not try to stay at the pinnacle of motor sport at any cost.
”My goal was always to drive in formula one,” he explained, ”but a team like Midland is for me not an option at present.”
Klien, however – who debuted with Red Bull backing alongside Webber in 2004 – expressed confidence that he will race next year.
”Touring cars or Champ Cars could be possible,” he insisted, ”everything is still open.
”My goal, however, is formula one and I will not easily give up on that.”