NOVEMBER 1, 2002
It's Webber and Pizzonia
Jaguar has indeed confirmed that Australian Mark Webber and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia will drive for the team in 2003, replacing Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa.
"We have two very different characters and I have every intention of revving them up in an effort to extract the maximum from them," said team principal Niki Lauda. "Team orders is not something we play by at Jaguar and if anything, these two drivers will be under strict instructions to go out and fight each other on the race track - as well as everyone else, of course! We are red-blooded racers at Jaguar and from what I have seen of Antonio and Mark, I am confident of seeing a very competitive dual next season."
Webber spent an impressive 2002 with Minardi, while Pizzonia competed in International F3000 last year. Pizzonia does have an exceptional amount of time behind the wheel of a Formula One car however. He clocked over 14,000km as a Williams test driver in 2003.
The Jordan rumors are still circulating for Eddie Irvine, who leaves Jaguar after three bumpy years, but the prospects for Pedro de la Rosa are less promising. The Spaniard joined Jaguar in 2001, but his contract has been terminated early by Niki Lauda to make room for the new talent.
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