Arrows releases Frentzen

Arrows has released Heinz-Harald Frentzen from his race-to-race deal, freeing the German star to drive for another team at the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 18

Arrows releases Frentzen

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw, commented, "Heinz told us that due to the uncertainty at Arrows, he wished to stand down and we did not want to stand in his way. I'd like to wish him all the best and thank him for the hard work he put in at Arrows."

Frentzen's explanation of the mutual decision is similar and he added: "I am in the process of sorting out my future in Formula 1 as I am still in love with the sport and full of enthusiasm. I will let you know my future plans as soon as I can."

The move may well indicate that Frentzen has already firmed up a deal and his most likely destination seems to be Sauber. According to this week's Autosport magazine, Sauber is believed to have told Frentzen that he can take over its second car from Brazilian youngster Felipe Massa for the balance of the 2002 season, if he commits to the Swiss team for 2003. "It would only make sense if we could sign Heinz for next year as well," said Peter Sauber when asked about the possibility of an immediate deal for Frentzen.

Arrows says it will announce the identity of the driver to replace Frentzen "in due course". FIA F3000 Championship leader Sebastien Bourdais has tested impressively for the team, but is unlikely to be in a position to take up a Grand Prix seat until the F3000 title battle is resolved. Title rival Tomas Enge is in a similar position, but well-connected Jaguar F1 tester Andre Lotterer is thought to be looking for an opportunity to make his GP debut as is American driver Byan Herta. Jos Verstappen has backing to return to F1, but with legal action still ongoing between the Dutchman and Arrows over his pre-season removal from the team, he is unlikely to return to Walkinshaw's squad.

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