Vettel eyes full time ride for 2007

Thu, 24 August 2006, 08:56

BMW Sauber’s new ‘Friday’ driver, teenager Sebastian Vettel, says he has targeted a full time test role for the 2007 season.

”And as quickly as possible I want a race drive,” the 19-year-old German was quoted as saying by ‘sid’ agency.

Curiously, it is understood that Vettel will steer the ‘F1.06’ car at the Otodrom wearing his regular Red Bull-liveried helmet, which resembles the silver and blue model worn by Christian Klien.

He also has his finger heavily taped after a nasty F3 shunt recently at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Vettel, meanwhile, insisted that – even with his strong links with BMW and Red Bull – he would also consider making his grand prix debut in the future for other teams.

”If Ferrari made me an offer, I surely would not turn them down,” he said.

He also said he was looking forward to sharing the Istanbul circuit with role-model Michael Schumacher, who incidentally is just shy of being twice Vettel’s age.

”It will be the first time that I drive against him,” Vettel said, referring to his BMW-Sauber debut on Friday.

He laughed: ”Perhaps I can even be faster than him — on Fridays it is theoretically possible, after all.”

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