WS K88

WS K88
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Sep 20, 2008


This guy from the most western part of Austria is so far the latest of our F1 hopefuls:
Christian Klien (1983)
Klien had his first successes in karting as did quite a number of F1 racers. Moving through different classes of racing such as the Formula BMW Junior championship, the Formula Renault championship where he became German champion in 2002.

From there Klien climbed to the F3 Euro Series in 2003 and won four races, taking six pole positions and nine podium finishes as well, which was enough to get a second position in the championship and to attract enough attention to obtain his biggest promotion for 2004: a place as a regular driver in Formula One at Jaguar. With the blessing of Jaguar sponsor Red Bull, Klien enjoyed a solid first season in Formula One, scoring a solid sixth position at Spa Francorchamps.

With Jaguar Racing being taken over Red Bull Racing for the 2005 season, Klien went head to head with F3000 Champion Tonio Liuzzi for the second seat in the squad alongside David Coulthard and competed in all but four rounds of the 2005 championship for the team. Klien finished in seventh and eighth positions for the squad in Australia and Malaysia respectively while an electrical fault ended his Bahrain race before it even got underway. Liuzzi took over the ride for the next for races, with Klien returning to the driving seat in Montreal.

He would complete the season and secured a fine fifth position at the season finale in China. No longer a rookie; Klien was looking forward to a full season with Red Bull Ferrari in 2006. 2006 was a season to forget for Klien. The season started well enough with an eighth place finish in Bahrain, but he would have to wait another ten races before he would score another championship point. By this time relations between Klien and the Red Bull management had become strained and the drinks firm had offered a fully funded Champ Car ride for the 2007 season having opted to retain Coulthard and recruit Mark Webber for its 2007 F1 campaign. Honda recruited Klien as test and reserve driver for the 2007 season.Christian however made clear that his desire was to return to competition.
With the blessing of Honda he tested with Spyker mid-season and then again with the newly renamed team - Force India - at the end of the season. Klien lost out to veteran Giancarlo Fisichella for the race seat while former team-mate Tonio Liuzzi landed the testing role. Klien has proven his ability to bounce back and a few weeks later it was announced that the Austrian will be the test and reserve driver for the BMW Sauber squad in 2008.

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