DTM champion Marco Wittmann to test 2012 Toro Rosso F1 car at Imola

DTM champion Marco Wittmann's BMW-arranged Formula 1 test will take place in a 2012 Toro Rosso at former San Marino Grand Prix venue Imola on Thursday

DTM champion Marco Wittmann to test 2012 Toro Rosso F1 car at Imola

BMW offered the test to Wittmann as a reward for his dominant performance in this year's DTM.

The 25-year-old German was a single-seater racer until the end of 2011, when he switched to what began as a test role with BMW after finishing second to Roberto Merhi in European Formula 3.

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BMW announced at the DTM finale last month that it had arranged the run for Wittmann via its sponsor Red Bull, and has now firmed up the date and location, as well as the use of a 2012 car - the most modern permitted under F1's testing restrictions.

The Toro Rosso run will follow a variety of other post-title celebrations for Wittmann, including various awards in Germany and a recent outing in several 1980s BMW DTM cars.

"It has obviously been an extremely busy time for me since the end of the DTM season," he said.

"I have hardly spent a single day at home. However, I am still really enjoying myself.

"After all, the reason for me having all these appointments is the fact that I was crowned the DTM champion."

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