quarta-feira, setembro 15, 2004
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It's Official: Jacques Joins Sauber
Jacques has signed a two-year deal to drive for Sauber.
Just hours after Jacques drove a F1 car for the first time in a year as he took to the Silverstone track in testing for Renault, it was confirmed that he had joined Sauber for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
“I am extremely excited to be back in Formula One with the Sauber team,” Jacques said, “and I appreciate the confidence everybody is showing in me. It is my goal to work with Peter and his team to bring them forward in the championship during the next two seasons.
“In my recent visit to Sauber I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism which is apparent throughout the factory. I am looking forward to seeing the results that will be developed by the state-of-the-art wind tunnel.”
Boss Peter Sauber was similarly enthused about Jacques’ decision to join the team.
“I have to admit that signing a former World Champion is something truely special for me. However, I want to make it clear that this was not the decisive factor. When I was talking to Jacques, I could feel that he is absolutely keen and committed to return to Formula One. He was always a great fighter and I am convinced that together we can achieve a lot. I fully realise that signing a former World Champion is also an obligation for the team to provide him with a car that meets his expectations. Sauber Petronas has made considerable progress this year, and I am confident that we are ready to tackle this challenge.”
Jacques will partner Felipe Massa for the 2005 season as he returns to the grid after a one-year absence.