Sebastian Vettel will drive the third BMW Sauber car on Friday ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, the German squad have confirmed.
As reported earlier today by autosport.com, Vettel was waiting to get his superlicence to be able to drive for BMW Sauber in Istanbul on Friday. The young German has now been given the green light.
"We are giving Sebastian the chance to prove what he is already capable of," said BMW boss Mario Theissen. "Sebastian is the next in line in the squad of young drivers, and at the age of just 19 has already carved out a long and successful track record in karting, Formula BMW and Formula Three.
"Of course Istanbul isn't going to be a walkover for him. Sebastian has far fewer F1 test kilometres on the clock compared to Robert when he joined us. That has to be borne in mind. We will do all we can to support him."
Vettel will be taking over the job that Robert Kubica did during the first twelve GP weekends in 2006. The Pole is now racing alongside Nick Heidfeld following Jacques Villeneuve's exit.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that the BMW Sauber F1 team has shown its confidence in me by granting me this opportunity," said Vettel. "At the same time, of course, I'm aware that my limited experience in a Formula One car means it's going to be a major challenge.
"But I will focus totally on the task in hand and try to support Nick, Robert and the engineers in their work as best I can to provide them with plenty of valuable information."