Davidson freed to test for Jordan 06 Sep 2005
BAR third driver Anthony Davidson will get behind the wheel of a Jordan next week as he continues his bid to secure a race seat for 2006. Davidson will drive the EJ15 at Silverstone on Tuesday after securing permission from BAR management.
Davidson has not given up hope of a race seat with his current team for next season, but with the Jenson Button situation still unresolved, BAR bosses have decided it only fair to let the British driver also look elsewhere. He will miss BARs own test in Spain next week as a result.
I'm really looking forward to testing with the Jordan team at Silverstone next week and the EJ15 will certainly be an exciting new challenge, said Davidson. I haven't driven at Silverstone for almost a year so it will be good to be back driving on my home track again.
This test shows how serious I am about finding a race drive for next year and I would like to thank BAR Honda for allowing me to stand down from the team's Barcelona test and take up this opportunity. I'm hoping it will be a very positive experience for myself and the Jordan team."
Jordan, currently running Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan as their race drivers, will become Midland F1 for next season. They have no confirmed line-up for 2006, and Managing Director Colin Kolles is looking forward to testing Davidson as part of the teams driver search.
"He has proved himself to be quick and outstandingly talented in junior Formulae and as an official third driver for BAR Honda, he said. He definitely deserves an opportunity to race in Formula One. Jordan Grand Prix is therefore very happy to give him the opportunity to test the Jordan at Silverstone on the 13th September.
We're looking forward to working with Anthony during the test and to continuing discussions regarding a longer-term role into Midlands entry into the 2006 Formula One World Championship."
Commenting on BARs decision to release Davidson for the Jordan test, Sporting Director Gil De Ferran commented: "Anthony has done a fantastic job for us during the five years that he has been part of our driver line-up and his contribution to the development of our team has been immeasurable.
BAR Honda's 2006 driver line-up is not yet concluded so we are unable to confirm whether or not we will be in a position to help Anthony to achieve his ultimate ambition of a race seat. With that in mind, we decided to allow him to participate in this test and we wish him well for next week."
As well as his huge amount of Formula One testing experience, Davidson has three Grand Prix starts to his name. He drove for Minardi in Hungary and Belgium in 2002 and stood in for the ill Takuma Sato for BAR in Malaysia earlier this year.