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Jaguar give Wilson more testing time 06 Nov 2003

Justin Wilson (GBR) Jaguar Cosworth R4 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka , Japan, 10 October 2003

Jaguar have awarded British driver Justin Wilson a short-term contract extension, allowing him more track time with the team when Formula One testing resumes at the end of this month.

Wilson's contract was due to expire at the end of October, but Jaguar sources told BBC Sport that it will now last a few more weeks, in a move beneficial to both team and driver.

Retaining Wilson means the team will have two drivers available to test in November and December, and could potentially assist them in their decision as to who will partner Mark Webber in 2004.

Rookie Wilson moved from Minardi to join Jaguar for the last five grands prix of this season and, despite being hit by several technical problems, scored his first world championship point with eighth place at Indianapolis.

However, the team has only confirmed Australian star Webber for next season and have insisted they are in no hurry to anounce his 2004 team mate. Media speculation has linked several drivers to the seat, with McLaren tester Alexander Wurz and Minardi's Jos Verstappen amongst the names being mentioned.