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Jaguar in no hurry over Wilson decision 09 Sep 2003

Justin Wilson (GBR) Jaguar talks to the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, 1 August 2003

Jaguar have confirmed that they will wait until at least the end of the season before making any decision on Justin Wilson's future with the team.

Wilson joined Jaguar from Minardi at the end of July to replace Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia. He has suffered retirements in his first two grands prix with the team, but Managing Director David Pitchforth says he still has plenty of time to prove himself.

"Justin is doing a good job for us and we have another three races left with him before we need to make a decision for 2004," he said ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

"That said we need to give him a trouble-free race package for a weekend - something we haven't done given his retirements from the German and Hungarian Grand Prix. Only then can Justin demonstrate his true potential."

With only seven unconfirmed seats remaining on the grid for 2004, demand for a Jaguar drive alongside Mark Webber will be high - a fact the team are well aware of.

"It is a buyers market right now and we are under no pressure to announce Mark's team mate for next season," said Pitchforth. "We have many variables to consider and as we have said recently, drivers bringing finance is just one of several.

"It is a complex equation that involves looking at experience, the extent to which someone is a team player, adaptability to our growing company and suitability to the challenge that lies ahead of us amongst many other factors."

Pitchforth also acknowledged the unusual circumstance of Wilson's joining the team should be taken into account when considering whether the British driver will be retained for 2004.

"It is important to note that, unlike other teams, we changed our driver line-up mid-season and we need to give Justin a fair opportunity to demonstrate himself prior to any decisions being taken," he added.