McNish wants 2004 race seat

Renault test driver Allan McNish has said that finding a competitive Formula 1 race seat is his priority for 2004 - but, failing that, he would be delighted to stay with the French manufacturer

McNish wants 2004 race seat

"I want to get back to racing in F1 and I've been looking for a drive, but I don't want to race with just any team," said the Scot, who raced with Toyota in 2002.

McNish has been Renault's "third driver" at most Grands Prix this year. This means his role has been limited to driving the spare car in the Friday morning test session. He stressed that he would not be interested in abandoning this for a drive with a tail-ender outfit next year.

"There is no point in me leaving a good testing role to go and drive for Minardi, because I wouldn't be able to fulfil my true potential.

"I've had a really good year with Renault so far and if a drive doesn't present itself then will enjoy working as a test driver for the team next year too."

McNish is unlikely to receive any offers for one of the top seats for 2004, because most teams are close to finalising their line-ups. The following season is more open, however, as many top contracts will expire next year.

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