Wilson Replaces Pizzonia at Jaguar

Briton Justin Wilson will replace Brazilian driver Antonio Pizzonia at Jaguar from next week's German Grand Prix, Jaguar said today.

Wilson Replaces Pizzonia at Jaguar

Briton Justin Wilson will replace Brazilian driver Antonio Pizzonia at Jaguar from next week's German Grand Prix, Jaguar said today.

Wilson, who celebrates his 25th birthday next week, made his Grand Prix debut with Minardi this season after winning the Formula 3000 title in 2001.

"Agreement has been reached with Minardi to allow Justin Wilson to complete the 2003 season with Jaguar Racing," a statement said. "This is an agreement for the remainder of the 2003 season only, with options for future years that provide Jaguar Racing with additional choices for 2004."

Pizzonia, 22, is also a rookie and has had a torrid time at the Ford-owned team who tried to replace him as far back as April with McLaren's Austrian test driver Alexander Wurz.

The Brazilian has been regularly outperformed by Australian Mark Webber at Jaguar and failed to finish Sunday's British Grand Prix. He is one of three drivers, including Wilson, who has yet to score a point this year.

"Antonio Pizzonia has not been able to realise his potential with the team over the past 11 races," said Jaguar. "Jaguar Racing therefore has decided that it is neither in his best interests, nor in the team's, for Antonio to continue driving as full time race driver at this time.

"In an effort to continue supporting Antonio's development, Jaguar Racing has offered him the opportunity to remain with the team as reserve and test driver."

Wilson's arrival at Jaguar will be a boost for those who have invested money in shares in the Briton through an innovative scheme to fund his drive at Minardi. He is likely to receive a salary at Jaguar.

"We are delighted to have Justin join us for the remainder of the 2003 season in what is a richly deserved opportunity," said Jaguar's managing director David Pitchforth. "In the Jaguar R4, we clearly have a competitive car and one that has helped Mark Webber secure twelve points thereby taking the team to 6th place in the Constructor’s Championship.

"With five races left on the calendar, it is critical that we are maximising our potential with two race cars."

Minardi are expected to replace Wilson with Danish driver Nicolas Kiesa, currently in Formula 3000.

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