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November 15, 2006

Honda Racing F1 Team Announces 2007 Test Driver Line-Up

The Honda Racing F1 Team is pleased to announce its test driver line-up for the 2007 Formula One season. Joining race drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will be Christian Klien in the role of Test and Reserve Driver, while James Rossiter steps up to the role of an official test driver.

Christian Klien
Christian Klien

Christian brings with him a wealth of experience which belies his 23 years of age. He has raced in over 46 Grands Prix in the three seasons since his F1 debut at the 2004 Australian Grand Prix, prior to which he worked his way up through the ranks of karting, Formula BMW, Formula Renault and the Formula 3 Euroseries.

Christian assumes the lead testing role from Anthony Davidson, who has secured a race seat with the Super Aguri F1 Team next season. The Austrian will join the Honda Racing F1 Team when winter testing gets underway from the end of November. In addition to his regular testing duties, Christian will attend Grands Prix with the team and will be on stand-by if required to substitute for either race driver in a Grand Prix at short notice.

Sporting Director Gil de Ferran comments, “I would like to welcome Christian to the Honda Racing F1 Team as he takes up his new role as our Test and Reserve Driver. Christian has accumulated a great deal of experience in Formula One over the past three years and this should prove extremely valuable to us given the limitations placed on teams by the new testing regulations. We expect Christian to play an important role in the development of the RA107 and we look forward to working very closely with him in the winter, together with James who steps up to be an official test driver for us.

“On behalf of everyone at the Honda Racing F1 Team, I would like to offer our congratulations to Anthony on his new role at the Super Aguri F1 Team. We are absolutely delighted that Anthony has achieved his long-standing ambition of a Formula One race drive, a role that he certainly deserves. In his six years with the Honda Racing F1 Team, Anthony’s commitment, loyalty and overall contribution have been crucial to our continued progress and competitiveness. Whilst we are sad to lose such a valuable asset, we wish him all the very best of luck and are pleased to know that he will be remaining within the Honda family.”

Commenting on his new role as Test and Reserve Driver with Honda, Christian Klien said, “I am very proud to be joining the Honda Racing F1 Team. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with one of the top manufacturers in Formula One and alongside two of the best race drivers. I have three years of F1 experience to contribute and I am looking forward to helping Honda to achieve its ambitions. Equally, I have a great opportunity to progress my own career. I am very much looking forward to driving the car for the first time when winter testing begins.”


Personal Details

Nationality: Austrian
Date of birth: 7 February 1983
Place of birth: Hohenems, Austria
Lives: Diepoldsau, Switzerland
Height: 1.69m
Weight: 68 kg
Marital Status: Single
Personal Interests: Mountain biking, skiing, karting, sports

F1 Career Highlights

Grand Prix debut: Australia 2004
Grand Prix starts: 46
Grands Prix points: 14
Best race finish: 5th - China 2005
Best grid position: 4th - Japan 2005
Best World Championship position: 15th - 2005

Career History

2006: Formula One: Honda Racing F1 Team - Test & Reserve Driver
Formula One: Red Bull Racing - 18th in Drivers’ Championship with 2 points
2005: Formula One: Red Bull Racing - 15th in Drivers’ Championship with 9 points
2004: Formula One: Jaguar Racing - 16th in the Drivers’ Championship with 3 points
2003: Formula 3 Euroseries: 2nd overall with 4 wins and Rookie of the Year
Formula 3 Int. Marlboro Masters/Zandvoort - Winner
2002: Formula Renault Germany: Champion with 4 wins
Formula Renault Eurocup: 5th
2001: Formula BMW ADAC: 3rd with 5 wins
2000: Formula BMW ADAC: 10th
1999: Formula BMW Junior: 4th with 3 wins
1998: Kart Series, Switzerland
1997: Kart Series, Switzerland
1996: Kart Series, Switzerland

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