DTM champion Marco Wittmann to test for Toro Rosso

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Toro Rosso has a shortlist of drivers for its now-vacant second seat in 2015 and so this will likely amount to nothing, but it’s still cool anyway.

DTM champion Marco Wittmann, an up-and-coming 24-year-old German, will have his first test of Formula One machinery with Toro Rosso later this year. It’s a prize awarded to Wittmann by BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt after the DTM season finale in Hockenheim this past weekend.

“It is up to us to reward [Wittmann] for his services,” Marquardt said, via the official F1 website. “Therefore, BMW M GmbH has come up with something special – I am delighted we can make his childhood dream come true with the Formula One test.

“Thanks to good relations with our premium partner Red Bull, we were able to arrange a test drive at Toro Rosso. We are excited to see how he fares in this vehicle!”

Wittmann moved into DTM after spending much of his formative years in European single-seaters.

Red Bull junior Antonio Felix da Costa went the other way in this instance; after being passed up for a Toro Rosso race seat last year, he moved into the DTM with BMW.