After dominating the highly competitive German DTM touring car series this year, only his second in the series, BMW driver Marco Wittmann has been rewarded by the company with a dream F1 test with Red Bull junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The 24 year old German was a single seater convert to the BMW DTM programme in 2012 and now BMW are rewarding him by letting him get back to his previous career with this Toro Rosso F1 test. Wittmann could have progressed further up the single seater ladder after an impressive 2008 Formula BMW Europe campaign where he finished 2nd in his first season, before three years in the F3 Euro Series which yielded two 2nd title placings in 2010-2011 and numerous podiums in the Macau GP and F3 Masters also.
BMW Head of Motorsport Jens Marquardt explained BMW's decision "Marco has an extraordinary season behind him, in which he has given BMW Motorsport an awful lot of pleasure, It is now our turn to reward him for his efforts. For this reason, BMW has come up with something very special. I am delighted that we can also make his childhood dream come true with the Formula One test. Thanks to the relationship we enjoy with our premium partner Red Bull, it was possible for us to organise a test drive in the Toro Rosso. "
Another source of good news for Wittmann is the conformation his contract with BMW has also been extended for the next several years. Marquardt added this on the announcement " The contract renewal for the coming season is a logical step for us, as he has consistently impressed us in the three years he has been working with us within the DTM - both on and off the track."
The good news seemingly keeps on coming for Marco Wittmann, someone who has shown his talents in the DTM this year, something he will hopefully also shows in his prize F1 test later on this year with Scuderia Toro Rosso. What are your thoughts on this announcement?