Schumacher and Fisi to test for Force India

Ralf Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella two drivers still looking for a race-seat next season will be testing alongside a further five drivers for Force India in Spain next week. Schumacher and Fisichella will join Christian Klien, Vinantonio Liuzzi, Franck Montagny, Giedo van der Garde and Roldan Rodriguez at Jerez. Sutil, who raced for Spyker in 2007 and who has been confirmed for 2008, will not be taking part in the testing sessions.

Of the opportunity, Schumacher said, “I have know Vijay [Mallya] for many years over my time with Toyota. I f fully understand his passion for the sport and know that he will put this drive into Force India to make it a success.

“Driving for a young dynamic team with high ambitions is a good opportunity, but at the moment it is just one test to see how we get on working together, and whether this is possible. I think I can help the team with its development programme but we will see.”

Fisichella said, “Whilst no drivers have been officially confirmed by Renault, the team has given me permission to explore other options. I was invited to test with Force India F1 Team at Jerez and I was very happy to accept it.”