Super Aguri’s new test driver Giedo van der Garde will join grand prix racers on the F1 circuits for Friday practice sessions in 2007, according to reports.
The magazine Formule 1 Race Report says the 21-year-old Dutchman has been promised at least ninety minutes of driving time at each race weekend next season.
“I will drive each Friday for an hour and a half,” van der Garde is quoted as saying.
F1’s new weekend format provides for two ninety-minute sessions on Friday, but with each team limited to the use of just two cars.
Adopting a Super Aguri or BMW-like policy, then, means that one of the teams’ race drivers must sit out one or both of the practice sessions.
Formule 1 Race Report, meanwhile, added that van der Garde will make his track debut for Super Aguri on 31 January at the Valencia circuit.
Like BMW’s Sebastian Vettel, he will also race in the World Series by Nissan next year.
He said: “I want to race in order to stay sharp.”