Vettel ruled out of Friday practices

The BMW Sauber team have decided not to allow test driver Sebastien Vettel to drive during Friday practice sessions for the time being.

“Following the overseas races we have been looking closely at the driver line-up for the Friday of the Grand Prix weekends,” Mario Theissen said. “Until further notice, the two race drivers will be on track for the whole of Friday.”

Vettel made a strong impact on the sport last year when he was a Friday test driver in an era when all but the top four teams were allowed to run three cars. The 2007 season has introduced new rules allowing just the two cars for all teams meaning that if a test driver tests on the Friday, one of the race drivers will miss out.

While BMW are in third place in the constructors’ championship, they will allow both race drivers to test, giving them the best possible chance of overtaking the top two teams.