Jordan test driver Ricardo Zonta has taken a swipe at former employers British American Racing. The Brazilian claims his confidence was sapped by a lack of support from the senior figures at BAR
The 24-year-old was released by the Brackley-based squad after scoring just three points in two seasons. He was tipped to replace his BAR successor Olivier Panis as McLaren's test driver, but was beaten to the seat by Alex Wurz and instead opted to rebuild his F1 reputation at Jordan.
"I lost confidence in my machine and myself," said Zonta. "The situation worsened because of the environment at the team.
"Instead of finding support and comfort with Jacques Villeneuve and Craig Pollock, I found critical remarks which were unjustified. And from there the personal errors multiplied. I felt lost. I could not work as well as I fought to earn some points and return myself to the top."
Zonta had his Jordan seat-fitting this week and is confident that a year of testing with the team will make him a contender for a race seat with them in 2002.
"What I could not show at BAR I will be able to do in one year with Jordan," he said. "I will never return to a team whose driver is a world champion and whose owner is also the manager and best friend of this driver. I suffered too much."
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