Irvine calls for immediate Scheckter replacement

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine has urged his team to find a new test driver to replace Tomas Scheckter as quickly as possible

Irvine calls for immediate Scheckter replacement

Scheckter was dismissed last week after being found guilty in court of a kerb crawling charge. Jaguar had a pair of test drivers just two weeks ago, but the loss of Scheckter has been magnified by the promotion of Pedro de la Rosa to a racing role after Luciano Burti left for Prost GP.

Irvine says he will be facing "burn out" if someone isn't appointed soon to take the pressure off the race drivers due to Jag's rigorous test schedule.

"We know you can't test and race all the time," Irvine told Autosport's sister publication Motorsport News. "It's important that we get a replacement test driver, because I'm going to be burnt out.

"I don't know if there is anyone else out there, but whoever we get, we need to get them started. The sooner you start working with them, the faster they can start giving you good information."

Jaguar is believed to be ready to offer testing opportunities to its Formula 3 squad's drivers James Courtney and Andre Lotterer. Another option would be to hire FIA Formula 3000 Championship leader Justin Wilson, one of the few top single-seater exponents without an F1 test contract.

Former McLaren and Stewart racer Jan Magnussen has also been linked with the role.

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