Wednesday November 7th, 2001
Australian James Courtney will continue testing for the Jaguar Racing Formula One team next season, the Milton Keynes-based outfit announced on Wednesday.
"We feel that Jaguar Racing will benefit from James' on-going development as a driver if we continue to play a lead role in his career," said Jaguar boss Niki Lauda.
"When he tested the Jaguar R2 car this year, James showed himself to be comfortable with the physical demands of an F1 car and he was able to adjust his driving style to suit the qualities of a car with approximately 600bhp more than his regular F3 car."
21-year old Courtney, who finished in fourth place in the British Formula Three championship this year, already drove for the Jaguar team back in July at the Monza circuit in Italy.
"I am delighted that Jaguar Racing is giving me this opportunity to continue to contribute to the team's development," Courtney said. "For any aspiring racing driver, the opportunity to test a competitive F1 car and to give meaningful feedback to a developing team is an enviable opportunity and one which I relish."
Sydney's Courtney will also race for the Carlin Motorsport team next season in the British Formula Three series.
Published at 10:57:09 GMT