Jaguar to Pizzonia: improve, or else 27 Apr 2003
Jaguar Racing rookie driver Antonio Pizzonia has been told by the team that he will need to find an improvement in form if wants to keep his seat for the rest of the season.
"I don't think it is a great secret that Antonio's position is under review," said Jaguar Racing's Communications Director Nav Sidhu in a candid interview with The Guardian newspaper, "there are a lot of things about his performances so far this year that are causeing us concern. The level of disparity between his performances and team-mate Mark Webber is alarming... We are going to work through a structured programme with him. If he can climb the same hill as Webber has done then we're going to be happy with him."
The young Brazilian made his debut alongside Mark Webber at the start of the season, but so far has been unable to match the Australian's strong performances in both qualifying and racing. In Imola last weekend Pizzonia qualified 15th, while his team-mate starting the race from fifth on the grid. The Brazilian's highest placed finish of the season so far has been 13th.
Several names have already been suggested as potential successors for the second Jaguar seat, including the young British rookie Justin Wilson, who has already made a number of strong race performances for the Minardi team.