Antonio Pizzonia Q&A

It has been a mixed year for Antonio Pizzonia. The Brazilian gained miles of experience as a Formula 1 test driver for Williams, impressing the team greatly with his natural speed and ability. But his stellar racing career hit its first rocky patch. Despite starting the year as a Formula 3000 title favourite, Pizzonia's second year with Petrobras Junior proved to be truly underwhelming. He finished eighth in the final standings. Yet despite this, 2002 has ended on the highest possible note for him. That reputation gained at Williams helped convince Jaguar to sign him up alongside Mark Webber to form a young, inexperienced but ambitious line-up. AUTOSPORT asked for the lowdown on Pizzonia's incredible year

Antonio Pizzonia Q&A



"I feel great. It is a dream come true so I am really happy to be here and hopefully I can help the team and do a good job."



"After one year testing for Williams I did a very good job there and that is why Niki and the rest of the Jaguar people decided to take me, because the tests I did for them and Williams meant that Frank Williams and Patrick Head were telling him about me. So I think that was a bit more important than the F3000 championship."



"Yeah, I hope so. There is a lot of work to be done here, but I am really happy because I really feel that everybody is working really hard and they are really excited about next season, and the new car looks promising, the new engine looks very promising as well. So we have to wait and see when we first drive the car. I can say that I will be working very, very hard to make things happen."



"I hope we can score some points and I think we can do that. Everybody is expected to have a better season than this year, so hopefully we can do better than what they did this year."



"I quite like the one-lap only format but the problem will be the tracks that I do not know, because I will lose quite a lot of track time. But anyway, it is probably going to be a little bit difficult in the first year but hopefully for the second season it is going to be good, because I quite like the idea of one lap only."



"Of course I am trying to prove what I can do, and Mark is probably in the same situation, so we are definitely going to be pushing each other quite a lot. But we also have to work together to build up the team, so at the track we are going to be racing each other all the time, but when we are not on the track we really have to work together and not let happen what happened this year between Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa, because it is not good for the team."



"I was quite impressed by him, because he is really quite excited about next season and I am putting a lot of trust in him because he is saying a lot of things. He looks like he is working very hard and I think that is very important for the way the team is now, because if everyone is working hard then that will be quite good."

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