Pizzonia eyes Williams race seat

Pizzonia eyes Williams race seat

Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia is eyeing a race seat with the team for 2005 and believes Ralf Schumacher will be leaving, along with Juan Pablo Montoya. Pizzonia raced with Jaguar in 2003 but the team dispensed with his services in favour...

Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia is eyeing a race seat with the team for 2005 and believes Ralf Schumacher will be leaving, along with Juan Pablo Montoya. Pizzonia raced with Jaguar in 2003 but the team dispensed with his services in favour of Justin Wilson. Pizzonia returned to his role as Williams tester for 2004 but hopes to be promoted next year.

Antonio Pizzonia.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

The Brazilian would like to see the two vacant race seats -- if there are indeed two -- filled by himself and Jaguar's Mark Webber, whom he partnered last year. "It looks like there are going to be two seats available," he said. "It would be great for me if we could race together again. That's what I'm hoping for at the moment -- myself and Mark Webber on the team."

Montoya is already signed to McLaren for 2005 and Ralf Schumacher's negotiations with Williams seemed to have stalled yet again. Schumacher has been talking to Toyota but recent speculation suggests the German based team is not so keen any more.

Williams is interested in BAR's Jenson Button, as are many at the moment. Button debuted with Williams in 2000 and team boss Frank Williams is pleased with the Englishman's progress with BAR so far this season. However, he's not under any illusions that Button will be easy to get back.

"The last thing he's going to do is let Jenson go," Williams said of BAR boss David Richards. "BAR are giving him (Button) a very good car indeed, but I'm sure Jenson has a hand in that, too. He's also maturing -- and he's very quick."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Justin Wilson , Frank Williams , David Richards
Teams McLaren , Williams