Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

De la Rosa Arrival at Jaguar Surprises Scheckter

Tuesday February 20th, 2001

South African Tomas Scheckter expressed surprise on Tuesday that Jaguar had signed Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa to work with him as a test driver at the Formula One team.

Speaking from Spain, where he is working towards a Formula Nissan Championship deal, Scheckter said he had been unaware of moves to bring in the former Arrows driver.

"As far as I thought, I was the only Jaguar test driver," said the 20-year-old son of Ferrari's 1979 world champion Jody.

"Jaguar have not been in contact with me and I was not aware of it at all."

Scheckter signed a deal with Jaguar in September 2000 to take over from Luciano Burti as test driver when the Brazilian secured a full drive as the replacement for departing Briton Johnny Herbert.

He competed for Stewart Racing in the British Formula Three Championship last year and said he hoped to secure a deal in the Formula Nissan Championship to work in conjunction with his Jaguar test drives in 2001.

"I haven't signed anything in Formula Nissan yet," he said. "It is a good series and I'm keen to keep racing. It can also work around the tests, which is good.

"Hopefully, I'll be doing quite a bit of testing this year. There is no set plan, but I think I'll do around 15 or more tests."

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