Pizzonia closes on race deal

Antonio Pizzonia seems ever more confident that he will be on the grid in a Williams-BMW when the 2005 World Championship kicks off in Australia in March

Pizzonia closes on race deal

With only Nick Heidfeld now scheduled to test for the team as it seeks to finalise its 2005 squad, the Brazilian's body language in testing at Barcelona this week suggests that he reckons he's got the deal.

Team boss Frank Williams has already conceded that Pizzonia is favourite to land the drive and autosport.com's sources at Barcelona suggest that Heidfeld will only be considered for a test driver role.

That suggests that Pizzonia has already been at least very firmly pencilled in as Mark Webber's team-mate in the race squad. Pizzonia's not saying anything directly about that but he certainly doesn't feel threatened by Heidfeld's upcoming test at Jerez.

"I'm just doing my work," said the 24-year-old Brazilian yesterday. "I know what I can do, the team knows me. I'm not worried."

As part of that work Pizzonia was trusted with testing the team's new gearbox at Barcelona yesterday, and once sensor and fuel pressure problems had been solved he was pleased with the way it performed, though unable to reveal any technical details.

"As a driver there's no real difference," he commented. "It's effective, but if you want to know any more, please ask the team." The team weren't saying anything.

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