Four drivers in line for Jaguar seats

As the last race of the season approaches, some teams are yet to finalize driver line-ups for 2003 and Jaguar Racing have four candidates in the running. Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia, Minardi's Mark Webber and current Jaguar drivers Eddie...

As the last race of the season approaches, some teams are yet to finalize driver line-ups for 2003 and Jaguar Racing have four candidates in the running. Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia, Minardi's Mark Webber and current Jaguar drivers Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa are on the list, it was confirmed on Jaguar's website, for the three seats available.

The team are looking for an experienced test driver and while James Courtney, Jaguar regular for testing duties, was conducting straight line tests at Lommel in Belgium last week it's rumoured he will not be testing for Jaguar next year. The young Australian is reportedly being ousted in favour of someone with more experience. Other tester Andre Lotterer has not been mentioned in the current wrangles.

Team spokesman Nav Sidhu said there was no truth in the rumours that IRL driver Helio Castroneves was also being considered for 2003: "It's absolute rubbish," said Sidhu. "We have not been looking at Helio and there would be little point in putting an oval expert into a Formula One car."

Pizzonia and Webber both impressed Jaguar while testing for the team and although Irvine's future has long been subject to speculation, de la Rosa is still adamant he has a contract for next year. Irvine has been linked with many possibilities, none of which he will confirm or deny in his usual fashion, but a drive for Jordan or retirement seem to be the rumours most in favour.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Andre Lotterer , Helio Castroneves
Teams Williams , Minardi , Jaguar Racing , Jordan