Williams test role led Pizzonia to Jaguar

The role of test driver for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team is a coveted one. Over recent years, a number of drivers who have tested for the Grove based team on a regular basis have landed a first team drive. David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Jenson Button...

The role of test driver for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team is a coveted one. Over recent years, a number of drivers who have tested for the Grove based team on a regular basis have landed a first team drive.

David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Jenson Button and now Antonio Pizzonia have made it to the big time via this route and the new Jaguar Racing driver admits that the valuable miles he racked up during tests in 2002 contributed to his big break.

"After one year testing for Williams I did a very good job there and that is why Niki and the rest of the Jaguar people decided to take me, because the tests I did for them and Williams meant that Frank Williams and Patrick Head were telling him about me," said the Brazilian. "So I think that was a bit more important than the F3000 championship."

There is no question that it will be a steep learning curve for Pizzonia in his debut year and the young Brazilian is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

"I hope we can score some points and I think we can do that. Everybody is expected to have a better season than this year, so hopefully we can do better than what they did this year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Antonio Pizzonia , David Coulthard , Damon Hill , Patrick Head , Frank Williams
Teams Williams , Jaguar Racing