Firman set for BAR test

Reigning Formula Nippon Ralph Firman has been given the opportunity to test for the British American Racing Formula 1 team at Barcelona next month

Firman set for BAR test

Firman is aiming to find a full-time F1 testing role for 2003, and the test will give him the chance to show his abilities in current grand prix machinery. The 27-year-old will drive one of this year's Honda-powered 004s on December 15.

"I'm relishing the opportunity to show what I can do in an F1 car," said Firman. "We have yet to sit down and go through exactly what will happen on the day, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Firman previously drove an F1 McLaren in 1995 as part of his prize for winning the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Young Driver award. However, he did only 20 laps and he has never driven at the Circuit de Catalunya before.

BAR boss David Richards said: "We congratulate Ralph on his success this year and are delighted to offer him a Formula 1 test. As Japan's top series, Formula Nippon is widely recognised as one of the best proving grounds for future talent. BAR will continue to monitor the Nippon series as part of our ongoing evaluation of young drivers."

Firman has strong links with Honda, having driven in Formula Nippon this season for ex-Honda F1 driver Satoru Nakajima's team. Firman also finished runner-up in this year's Japanese GT championship, driving a Honda NSX.

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