No reserve driver for BMW in Japan

Mon, 3 September 2007, 09:08

BMW-Sauber will make do without a reserve driver for the Japanese grand prix later this month.

F1’s inaugural Fuji race late in September clashes with the season finale of the feeder series GP2’s championship finale at Valencia.

Timo Glock, recently promoted by BMW to the reserve role due to predecessor Sebastian Vettel’s step up to Toro Rosso, currently leads the GP2 standings and in Valencia could be bidding to follow Lewis Hamilton as 2007 champion.

The German magazine Auto Motor und Sport said Glock’s Japanese release had been confirmed by BMW on Saturday at a team event at the Olympic Park in Munich.

“I am grateful that the team has given me this opportunity,” 24-year-old Glock said there. “Naturally I want to wrap up this championship.”

Should either Nick Heidfeld or Robert Kubica need replacing at Fuji, however, BMW will attempt to fly Glock out to Japan from Europe in time for qualifying and the race.

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