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Klien not giving up on F1 racing future

Christian Klien, BMW Sauber, Barcelona testingChristian Klien says his goal remains to secure a racing seat in Formula One, despite having being a test driver for three years now.

The Austrian made his grand prix debut with Jaguar in 2004 but was left without a racing seat in 2006 before joining Honda as a tester the following year.

Klien then moved to BMW Sauber, where he has been working as a test driver for the past two years.

Although the 25-year-old has not raced a grand prix car in three years, Klien admits his sights are still set on a return to racing.

"How could it not be?" said Klien when asked if his target was a race seat.

"F1 is my place and I have settled in really well in a fantastic environment," he told the official Formula One website.

"I am well aware that a second chance is often much harder to get than a first one, but I have something to offer that makes me confident that I can reach this goal.

"At 25, I have three years of F1 racing experience and I am now my third year of testing with a manufacturer F1 team. And the BMW Sauber F1 Team is really professional on all levels. They clearly see the benefit in a reserve driver actually going racing once in a while.

"That's why Mario Theissen was kind enough to let me race at Le Mans and Petit Le Mans/USA, to stay in shape and not lose focus."

With in-season testing banned from this season, Klien will have a lot less track time than before.

The Austrian, however, says his role during the winter will be more important than ever.

"Well, the 'downgrade' came along with a massive 'upgrade' in responsibility in winter testing. I got to drive a lot over the winter and the duties were pretty evenly split between Robert, Nick and me," he added.

"If you compare this to other teams' regimes, I cannot complain at all. I take that as a sign of faith. And once the season is underway, my job does not end. I will still be fully involved, and mentally and physically fit to jump into the race seat whenever needed."

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