Team McLaren-Mercedes third driver Alexander Wurz looks to be on the verge of joining Jaguar for 2004.

Jaguar targeted Wurz, who has been at McLaren since 2001, earlier this year when rumours first appeared that they wanted to get rid of then #2 driver, Antonio Pizzonia. After talks with the Austrian broke down, mainly thought to be due to the fact McLaren wanted heavy compensation to release him, Jaguar stuck with Pizzonia, before ditching him after the British GP, in favour of Justin Wilson.

It now appears though that Wilson could get the boot, as Jaguar again seek to 'claw' in Wurz, to partner Mark Webber next season.

Speaking to Austrian news agency, APA yesterday, Wurz commented: "I'm in a position of luxury at the moment in that two teams are interested in me.

"That's not the worst that can happen to one. I'm right at the top of the list at Jaguar and of course McLaren absolutely want me to stay after my test performance last year."

Jaguar meanwhile has refused to comment on talk that Wurz is at the 'top of their list'.

A team spokesman told Reuters: "We are under no immediate pressure or rush to make a decision. We still have about four weeks left before our winter test programme kicks off.

"We would prefer to have our 2004 drivers in the cars over the winter period and there is an understandable desire on the part of various parties to have this decision taken sooner rather than later. But it's purely a buyer's market right now. We have time which we are going to make maximum use of."

 

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