Pizzonia: I Need Another Chance Soon

Antonio Pizzonia still believes he will need another chance this season to show what he can do if he is going to have a real chance of landing a competitive Formula One drive for 2006

Pizzonia: I Need Another Chance Soon

The Brazilian impressed with his points-scoring finish for Williams in the Italian Grand Prix after only getting the call-up to race early on Saturday morning - having not even driven an F1 car for several months.

But after getting a rapturous applause from his team when he returned to the garage after the race, Pizzonia knows that another outing this year may be needed to prove just how good a job he can do.

"Inside the team everyone was happy with my work and I hope people in other teams have noticed the work I've done," said Pizzonia.

"But in Formula One people forget quickly what you've done and, without getting another chance soon, I don't think things will change.

"If I get another go in Spa, maybe people will start to take notice if I do a good job. So far I'm happy and even if I don't get another chance I go away happy that I did my best."

The most obvious possibility for Pizzonia next year could be at BMW - although he has not ruled out a chance at Williams.

"BMW could be a chance for me, but I'm not only hoping for that, as Williams hasn't finalised its drivers' line-up completely," he said.

"There's still a long road to be covered by us all and a lot of things can happen. If they need me I'll be available."

Pizzonia admitted that even he did not expect to go so well at Monza - having been given just 30-minute notice on Saturday morning that he was needed to replace the unwell Nick Heidfeld.

"Starting 16th I wasn't expecting to get into the points, but fortunately things were better than I expected, better than the team expected and I really go away with the sentiment of having completed my mission," he added.

"Now all I want is to have the opportunity to do a proper weekend, with the right preparation and everything, to show what I can really do."

Pizzonia's chances of racing in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix will depend on whether Heidfeld is fit again - something that the team will only find out after further hospital tests this week.

Heidfeld began suffering headaches during Friday running at the Italian Grand Prix, most probably as a result of a big testing crash he had at the track the week before.

Speaking about whether he will be racing at Spa, Pizzonia said: "For the moment no one mentioned that and I haven't asked either, because I wanted to concentrate on my race here in Monza.

"Now we wait and see what happens. I hope Nick recovers, but if he doesn't, I'll have another opportunity in Spa and there I'll try to do my best again."

shares
comments
Dennis Surprised by Alonso's Calmness
Previous article

Dennis Surprised by Alonso's Calmness

Next article

Montezemolo Blames Rules for Poor Crowd

Montezemolo Blames Rules for Poor Crowd
Load comments
The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Plus

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021