Webber anticipating Pizzonia battle

Webber anticipating Pizzonia battle

Mark Webber is looking forward to a good on track battle with Jaguar team mate Antonio Pizzonia but obviously wants to beat the Brazilian. Both Pizzonia and Webber raced in F3000 and last year the Australian drove for Minardi, pulling out a...

Mark Webber is looking forward to a good on track battle with Jaguar team mate Antonio Pizzonia but obviously wants to beat the Brazilian. Both Pizzonia and Webber raced in F3000 and last year the Australian drove for Minardi, pulling out a surprise fifth place finish at his home race in Melbourne. Pizzonia was Williams test driver in 2002 and is an F1 rookie this season but Webber is anticipating a good fight between the two of them.

Mark Webber.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"I want to finish on top of Antonio, in terms of points -- that's the first thing," he told Motorsport News. "I won't be happy if he scores more points in the same equipment as me. That'll be a good battle and I'm looking forward to that one. It could prove frustrating at times but equally rewarding at others."

Webber and Pizzonia were picked by ex-Jaguar team principal Niki Lauda and it was a bit surprising for the pair to have Lauda ousted from the team shortly afterwards. Both are aware that Jaguar needs to drastically improve this season and Webber knows some people would be happy to not see that happen. But the Aussie is hoping 2003 will bring the team a better performance and a level of respect.

"I'm absolutely comfortable with my role in the team, and I'm sure Antonio is as well," he said. "There are a few people who want us to fall on our face -- that's the nature of the sport. But I hope we can come out on the other side with some really good respect."

Pizzonia himself intends to keep it fairly low key for the first couple of races as it will be a new experience for him -- and remembering Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schuamcher's opening lap crash last year, he's hoping to at least get past the first corner in Melbourne.

"I don't know much about the Melbourne track to be honest," he said, according to Reuters. "It's my first time there. Hopefully I won't be in the gravel at the first corner. Everyone will be excited for the first race and want to win, but I wont be pushing too much in the first two races because everything is still so new for me."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Niki Lauda
Teams Williams , Minardi