BAR-Honda test/reserve driver Anthony Davidson has confirmed that he is in talks with both Jordan and BMW to secure a race drive for 2006.

The Englishman, speaking at the Turkish Grand Prix told Reuters that it 'got to the stage' now where he 'just wants to be back racing'.

To date he has competed in just three F1 grand's prix, when he did a two-race stint at Minardi in 2002 and earlier this year, he competed at the Malaysian Grand Prix, when Takuma Sato was taken ill.

"You can only do so much testing as a young guy," he explained, "and it's not like I've been there and stepped back to do testing, like some of the other test drivers that are out there now. They can say 'I had a go, I had a fair crack of the whip' while I never have. That's really what I want."

As for next year, Davidson noted that while previously a team like Jordan would have required finance that is no longer the case.

"Normally to get a drive that far down the pit lane [with a team like Jordan] you are looking at a lot of cash and we just literally haven't had that kind of money," he added.

"Now, Jordan/Midland have approached us - and they're saying that they can do something so it opens up a new opportunity really just to be on the grid. They were one of the teams we spoke to because of Adrian [Burgess] being there, and Trevor [Carlin] at the beginning of the season, and it made it easy to just go in and have a chat.

"We've been talking to BMW as well for next year - we've spoken to them a couple of races back. But at the moment it seems they've got quite a lot of time to make their decisions. It's obviously a bit of a weird situation for them."

Despite being in talks with Jordan and BMW though, Davidson was clear that in an ideal world racing with BAR next season would be best.

"This [BAR] is where I'd want to be," he concluded. "Out of all of them, this is where it would be easiest to fit in. I know the car and team really well. But at the end of the day if I can't have an opportunity [to race] here then I will search for a drive elsewhere."

 

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