Jaguar Racing look set to axe Justin Wilson, and sign Christian Klien for 2004 according to reports by British newspaper, The Guardian.

Wilson joined Jaguar following the British Grand Prix back in July, replacing then struggling Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, it now appears though that the Englishman, will not keep his drive next season.

The Guardian reports that Klien has moved into pole position for the second seat, following his test with the team last week.

The broadsheet paper adds that while no official decision has yet been taken, team insiders believe he has "huge potential and they cannot afford to let him go".

Klien, who finished second in the F3 Euro Series this year, behind Toyota tester, Ryan Briscoe, will also bring around ?5-6 million in sponsorship from Red Bull - cash Jaguar cannot afford to miss out on.

Assessing Klien's debut with the team last week, Jaguar spokesperson, Nav Sidhu, commented: "He did a very good job during the test at Valencia and never put a wheel on the grass or the gravel.

"He was as much in control of himself as the car. He was extremely composed and calm and his technical feedback was excellent."

With Alexander Wurz having ruled out a move to Jaguar, following the announcement he will stay with McLaren in 2004, as their third driver, it now appears it is a 'three-horse race' for the slot alongside Webber, with Klien hot favourite followed by Wilson.

Dutchman Jos Verstappen has also been linked to the squad, owing to the backing he receives from several Dutch sponsors such as Trust.

 

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