Pizzonia owes Jaguar drive to Williams testing 05 Mar 2003
Twenty two year old Brazilian Antonia Pizzonia might not have performed at his best driving for the Petrobras F3000 team in 2002, but his performances at the wheel of a BMW Williams during testing were sufficient to convince Niki Lauda that he had the potential Jaguar Racing was looking for.
"After one year testing for Williams I did a very good job there and that is why Niki and the rest of the Jaguar people decided to take me, because the tests I did for them and Williams meant that Frank Williams and Patrick Head were telling him about me," Pizzonia said. "So I think that was a bit more important than the F3000 championship."
Head was particularly impressed by Pizzonia's pace in high-speed corners, the hallmark of a topline driver.
Petrobras team boss Paul Jackson has a high regard for Pizzonia's talent. "There is no doubt Antonio is a very quick driver. His real strong point is his first lap race performance on cold tyres. He's also very good under pressure on the track, but can still get a little lost technically if things are not going well. If he can lift his game and control himself outside the car, he'll make good progress."