Allan McNish has revealed that although he is disappointed to be leaving Renault F1, he has a 'number of options' open to him for 2004.

Renault released a statement today, announcing that Franck Montagny will become the team's test and reserve driver next year, taking over from McNish, who was also released last year by Toyota.

The Scot commented: "I've had a fantastic year with Renault F1 and would like to extend my thanks to all the team for their hard work and support during the thousands of miles I've completed this season testing the R23.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I won't be with the team next year, particularly having seen the results of all our hard work with Fernando [Alonso]'s first win in Hungary, but I wish Alonso, Jarno [Trulli], Franck, Flavio [Briatore] and the whole team the very best of luck for the future.

"I am in the fortunate position of having a number of options open to me and my management team and I are assessing which path to take at the moment. I don't want to rush into anything but I am more determined than ever to succeed, and ultimately I will make the choice that gives me the best chance of success."

McNish's opportunities currently remain unknown, however it is believed that he may move to Ferrari as test driver, should Felipe Massa join Sauber again, or he may even be in line for a race drive at Jordan, or perhaps even Jaguar. If F1 isn't forthcoming, the Scot could go stateside, maybe to CART or IRL or possibly a return to the American Le Mans, the series he won in 2000.

 

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