Asmer: Time is running out

Asmer: Time is running out

15 April 2010 – Marko Asmer made a surprise return to the cockpit of a racing car this week as he drove for Atech Grand Prix in the GP3 test session at Barcelona. Due to a lack of funds, the 2007 British Formula 3 Champion has been out of motorsport since losing his BMW Formula 1 test seat at the end of 2008.

Asmer joined Britain's Oli Oakes and Italy's Patrick Reiterer for the Barcelona test with Atech

Having tested for BMW during the season in which the Munich manufacturer enjoyed its first pole position and race win in F1, a financial struggle has since forced Asmer onto the sidelines.

With father Toivo having told Estonian newspaper Delfi Sport last week that his son's career is now hanging in the balance, Marko remains upbeat despite the situation.

"Well, it still is!" he laughed when talking to GPUpdate.net. "It's not been easy; I haven't been driving a single-seater for one a half years, so it was hard - it was hard but it wasn't bad and it's getting better and better." Despite having seen his running limited on Wednesday due to a broken fuel pump wire caused by vibrations in the car, the 25-year-old from Tallinn enjoyed the day.

September 2008: Marko's last Formula 1 test for BMW at Jerez

"It was great to be back but quite hard after a long period of doing nothing, but we knew that the options were running out and then last week we said that it was over. I didn't know this test was coming then - David (Hayle, Atech team owner) gave me a call quite late last weekend."

With his career on the borderline of a premature end, Asmer is approaching the coming weeks in a rational manner:

"There is a slim chance that I might be in Barcelona (for the inaugural GP3 races) in three weeks' time but I'm not going to take any calls anymore, just do my best and we'll see if it will happen or not, and what we can do. If it happens, it's great to have some fun again but, if not, that's it.

"We've been trying to find a chance for almost two years but the chances don't open up, you have no money and it's been very hard. Then we were already at the beginning of April last week and we thought, 'That's one season already missed and now another one…'

"You never know, I might return one day with something else, if things get better, but at the moment there's no way. We'll see. At the moment it's very open but there is a slim chance."

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