The boss of the Scuderia Proteam BMW outfit is dropping some hints on the make-up of his driver line-up for the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season, with several other rival squads having already confirmed their entry lists for the upcoming season.
Despite BMW’s withdrawal as a works entry in the championship, the Proteam squad will be staying put in the Independent Trophy category of the series for another season.
The team took the Independent Trophy championship honours yet again, with Sergio Hernández taking the title for the second time. But the outfit was hampered by a severe falling out between Hernández and team-mate Stefano D’Aste, who quit the team before the end of the 2010 season.
Team boss Valmiro Presenzini won’t specifically give away the identity of his team’s drivers for 2011, aside from saying that one seat will go to a driver who has contested “three seasons” in the WTCC.
The numbers would point towards Spanish driver Félix Porteiro, who has been on the WTCC sidelines during the 2010 season. The 27-year-old Spaniard ran the 2007-8 seasons with the frontline ROAL BMW squad before spending the 2009 season with Proteam, narrowly losing out on the Independents’ title to Tom Coronel.
But Porteiro was spotted in the paddock at the season-ending Macau race, sparking rumours that he is trying to secure a comeback to the series.
Presenzini hinted that the second seat may go to a “young Spaniard, who is friends with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso – you may well be surprised,” he hinted.
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