EU: 2010 Junior Drivers announced

SubjectFormula BMW Europe: Junior Drivers for 2010 Season. 2010 Juniors bring new countries to Formula BMW Europe. Munich. There will not only be new names but also new countries represented in Formula BMW Europe for the 2010 season, as the ...

SubjectFormula BMW Europe: Junior Drivers for 2010 Season.

2010 Juniors bring new countries to Formula BMW Europe.

Munich. There will not only be new names but also new countries represented in Formula BMW Europe for the 2010 season, as the Juniors who will receive support from BMW for their first year in single seater racing come from Austria, Finland, Poland and Spain.

These Juniors will be taking part in year three of the European series and BMW Motorsport has confirmed that promoting junior racing drivers remains an important part of its realigned programme. BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, has always kept a keen eye on this formula which has produced many current Formula One drivers such as Sebastian Vettel. His comment on the series as it goes into season three was: "Our long-term, international concept to promote juniors is proving its value more and more: this year's Formula One line-up currently features seven regular drivers who started their professional career in Formula BMW. And there are no signs of the success ending there: many more Formula BMW graduates caught the eye in Formula One cars at the so-called "Formula One Young Driver Days" in Jerez last December. The 2010 Formula BMW Europe and Formula BMW Pacific series will once again see nine promising youngsters from six countries benefit from our established sponsorship programme as 'Formula BMW Juniors'. This scheme includes financial support and an invitation to participate in our seasonal Education and Coaching Programme."

He continues: "Two of them have already picked up their first titles in international motorsport having been crowned 'Rookie of the Year' in last year's Formula BMW Americas and Formula BMW Europe, the remaining seven stood out from the crowd and impressed the experienced instructors at our scholarship courses. I am certain that this year's line-up will produce at least one driver who will make it to the top of motorsport over the course of his career - as has been the case with practically every year in the past."

The first ever Polish driver in the series is Maciej Bernacik, who is 18 and comes from the city of Jarocin. Austria's Marc Aurel Coleselli is from Wals- Salzburg and is 16-years-old. The youngest of this quartet at only 15 has a famous name, as Carlos Sainz from Madrid is the son of the double world rally champion of the same name and the winner of Dakar 2010. The Finnish driver is Petri Suvanto from Hyllykallio and he is 17.

Between the four youngsters in their first single seater year they have a string of championship titles from their karting days and were the stars of the series selection course at the Formula BMW Racing Center in Valencia which started at the beginning of August last year with 31 hopefuls. An experienced

panel of experts watched the drivers on and off track behaviour with particular consideration to formula car handling, fast and consistent lap times, racing lines, fitness and focus when picking the successful quartet.

During the season the youngsters will be part of the Education and Coaching programme designed by BMW to help them become complete racing drivers with their skills being honed both in and out of the cars. The four new Juniors will be joined in this by two successful drivers who have gone before them, Robin Frijns (NL) and Michael Lewis (US) who won the 2009 Rookie Cup in Formula BMW Europe and Formula BMW Americas respectively.

In past years, Formula BMW has proven to be the ideal springboard into the world of Formula One for many drivers. Last season alone, five former BMW drivers lined up in this series - and with great success. Nico Rosberg (DE), Timo Glock (DE), Adrian Sutil (DE) and Sebastien Buemi (CH) all scored World Championship points. Sebastian Vettel (DE) even celebrated four Grand Prix victories and finished the season as runner-up in the Drivers' Championship, behind Jenson Button (GB). Nicolas Hulkenberg (DE) and Bruno Senna (BR) will join the quintet in 2010 as regular F1 drivers. A number of other Formula BMW graduates can also hope to get a taste of Formula One as test and reserve drivers.

-source: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Jenson Button , Carlos Sainz , Michael Lewis , Nico Rosberg , Timo Glock , Sebastian Vettel , Bruno Senna , Adrian Sutil , Sébastien Buemi , Mario Theissen , Robin Frijns , Petri Suvanto