Antonio Pizzonia has criticized Jaguar not for treating its drivers equally, after racing for the team for the first half of last season. Pizzonia is currently test driver for Williams and will get his race chance with the team at Hockenheim this...
Antonio Pizzonia has criticized Jaguar not for treating its drivers equally, after racing for the team for the first half of last season. Pizzonia is currently test driver for Williams and will get his race chance with the team at Hockenheim this weekend, standing in for Ralf Schumacher. The Brazilian was straight to the point when asked the difference between Jaguar and Williams.
"The treatment is totally different," he told reporters at Hockenheim. "The way they (Jaguar) used to treat me there was like shit, to be honest. Here it is a different world. I feel not only respected as a racing driver but as a human being."
Pizzonia was dropped by Jaguar after 11 races in 2003 and replaced by Justin Wilson. The team said Antonio had not lived up to expectations but Pizzonia claimed he did not get the same equipment as his then-teammate Mark Webber.
"I think last year was probably putting too much pressure on me and after I left I found out a lot of things that I didn't know about the team and the car," he said. "I found out things that I didn't have on the car and that the other driver had. We didn't have the same treatment."
"Basically they didn't have a lot of money, and I think they still don't, and it's a lot easier to develop one car quicker than trying to develop both at the same time. I used to get parts one or two races later...some of them I knew about but most I didn't."
Pizzonia thinks this year's Jaguar rookie Christian Klien is probably having the same difficulties. Jaguar's managing director David Pitchforth, unsurprisingly, denied Pizzonia's claims and said the drivers have always had the same cars.
"Both drivers have absolutely equal parts," he told Reuters. "If we can only make one of something then we won't bring it to the circuit. I can absolutely categorically deny that there was any favouritism."