Wilson joins Jaguar for rest of season

British Formula 1 rookie Justin Wilson has joined Jaguar Racing with immediate effect, replacing Brazil's Antonio Pizzonia from the German Grand Prix on August 3 onwards. Minardi has revealed Danish Formula 3000 racer Nicolas Kiesa as his replacement

Wilson joins Jaguar for rest of season

The 24-year-old erstwhile Minardi racer will partner Mark Webber for the rest of the season at Jaguar, as the Milton Keynes-based team has decided that Pizzonia has not done enough to keep his race seat. The Brazilian will be offered a role as reserve and test driver, but has yet to make a decision.

"We are delighted to have Justin join us for the remainder of the 2003 season in what is a richly deserved opportunity," said Jaguar Racing's managing director David Pitchforth. "In the Jaguar R4 we clearly have a competitive car and one that has helped Mark Webber secure 12 points, thereby taking the team to sixth place in the constructors' championship. With five races left on the calendar, it is critical that we are maximising our potential with two race cars."

Wilson, the 2001 Formula 3000 champion, has a best result of 11th place in Spain so far this season with F1's smallest team. His deal is for the remainder of the season, but "with options for future years" according to a Jaguar release.

Pizzonia was dropped because, according to Jaguar, he "has not been able to realise his potential with the team" and therefore "it is neither in his best interests, nor the team's, for Antonio to continue driving as a full-time race driver at this time".

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