De la Rosa: Don't forget my contract

Jaguar driver Pedro de la Rosa is standing his ground following speculation on the Spaniard's future at the team

De la Rosa: Don't forget my contract

The 31-year-old has a firm contract with Jaguar for 2003, but there has been speculation that he will be paid off to make way for a replacement. With strong doubts remaining over Eddie Irvine staying on, it could mean that the team will have two new drivers next season.

De la Rosa's statement suggests that team boss Niki Lauda has yet to discuss the situation with him.

"I've been constantly asked if I'm going to continue with Jaguar Racing in 2003 and all I can say is that I've got a contract with them for next season," de la Rosa said on his website. "Also, Niki Lauda has already said this many times in the past."

When asked for the team's standpoint in a press conference at the US GP, Lauda said: "[Pedro] has a contract next year, so it's our decision on Eddie basically. But we haven't taken one, so it can go in any direction. Eddie can stay or someone else [could be signed]. It isn't decided yet, like I said before."

Minardi's Mark Webber and Williams tester Antonio Pizzonia are both in the frame at Jaguar, which gave the Brazilian a try-out last month. Pizzonia impressed the team with his performance.

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