Davidson hoping for 2006 race seat

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson is hoping for a race seat with the team in 2006 and believes his chances are quite good. He admitted that he was disappointed he lost the opportunity of racing next season after BAR could not agree a deal with Williams and Red Bull, the two other teams that were interested in the Englishman.

Anthony Davidson.
Photo by Honda F1 Press Office.

Davidson was scheduled to test with Williams but it was cancelled, while Red Bull was ready to offer him a contract. "I was just caught in a three-way pull between BAR and the other two teams, who wanted more than BAR could give them," Davidson told his website.

"Red Bull were prepared to offer me a two-year contract, but BAR wanted an option to take me in 2006, should they have wanted to put me in the car. With Williams, BAR were prepared to 'lease me' for one-year for 2005 for the same reason, although Williams were also looking for more than just a one-year deal."

Davidson will remain as test driver for BAR next season. He has the option to leave the team if it does not offer him a race seat for 2006, especially if there may be opportunities elsewhere. But he would like to stay with BAR, given the right circumstances.

"Depending on how things work out, I feel that I have a good opportunity of getting a race seat with BAR in 2006," he said. "Honda is also a massive organisation and it means a lot to me to know that they want to keep me. I have 100% loyalty towards them. That feeling of being wanted means a lot to me."

Davidson impressed many in his role as third driver for BAR in the Friday practice sessions of race weekends this season. He seemed destined to be in a race seat somewhere for 2005 but obviously BAR and Honda are not willing to let him go. Speculation has it that Jenson Button will leave BAR for Williams in 2006 and BAR would have an ideal replacement in Davidson if that was the case.