Lauda wants new start for Jaguar

Jaguar boss Niki Lauda believes he had no choice but to replace Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa because it was best for the team. Jaguar recently announced Australian Mark Webber, 26, and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, 22, as the new driver line up...

Jaguar boss Niki Lauda believes he had no choice but to replace Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa because it was best for the team. Jaguar recently announced Australian Mark Webber, 26, and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, 22, as the new driver line up for 2003 and Lauda thinks the two youngsters are the way for the team to go forward.

"I was aiming for a new start and if you maintain either or both drivers then that is no new start," he said in an interview with Autosport "My worry is that if Pedro had stayed and Webber came in and was three tenths quicker, then he would be happy and stay three tenths quicker. So to get Mark and Antonio, without any team orders, properly going against each other is the best way forward."

"It was difficult because I had to replace two drivers who I like very much, and especially because Pedro had a contract. But if you look at the team and what we have to achieve here, then you can see I had to do it."

Jaguar spokesman Nav Sidhu today confirmed a date of January 13th 2003 to launch the R4 and introduce Webber and Pizzonia. The launch will take place in the UK but a venue has yet to be decided upon. The future of Irvine and de la Rosa is also undecided, with neither driver specifying their plans as yet.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Niki Lauda