Davidson/Heidfeld shoot-out

Williams will give Anthony Davidson and Nick Heidfeld a chance to compete for a place on the grid in 2005, when the team runs two three-day tests at Jerez in early December. The tests have been scheduled to "assist the team in the process of deciding its 2005 driver line-up" according to a Williams spokesperson.

Davidson/Heidfeld shoot-out

Although Davidson and Heidfeld are both getting three-day evaluations, regular Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia is also known to be under consideration to partner Mark Webber in next year's line-up.

Williams found itself without a second driver after losing a claim to Jenson Button's services following a decision by the Contracts Recognition Board, which ruled last month that the British driver must stay at BAR in 2005.

Pizzonia competed in four grands prix during 2004 for Williams standing in for the injured Ralf Schumacher and is believed to have impressed the team. But although Pizzonia was initially considered a shoo-in for the drive, it now appears Williams would like to evaluate all its options before making a decision.

Davidson has impressed with his performances for BAR during Friday testing and feels he is ready to make the step up to a full race seat. With that option now unavailable at BAR-Honda, Williams, even on a one-year-deal, gives him the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents before a possible switch back to BAR in 2006.

David Coulthard visited Williams last week to pitch his case to the team and remains the most qualified driver on the market. The Scot is however a known quantity in a front-running car and it is unlikely that the team could learn much more about his abilities by running him alongside Davidson and Heidfeld in a shoot-out test.

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