Priaulx eyes Williams role

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false.' A rumor that Andy Priaulx was lining up Williams' 'Friday' drive for 2006 has been queried.

Although the 31-year-old world touring car champion was unavailable for comment, 'This is Guernsey' quoted Autosport writer Edd Straw – a close follower of Priaulx's career – as discounting the move.

Although the third driver role has yet to be filled, Priaulx would be a 'quite unlikely' choice, Straw reckons.

Indeed, Grove based Williams is fairly openly eyeing pay drivers like Robert Doornbos and Narain Karthikeyan for the vacancy, with the price tag likely to near the $9m mark.

Britain's Andy Priaulx, although hoping for more Williams test drives, said recently: ''Everyone knows you need money for formula one and I just don't have that.''

11/16/05 Andy Priaulx is aiming for a role as Williams' Formula One test driver. Priaulx is the reigning European World Touring Car champion and enters this weekend's last round of world championship locked in a three-way battle for the title.

"I did an F1 test this season and hopefully that increases next year. It's looking positive," he said. "If I can become the Michael Schumacher of touring cars and be a full-time F1 tester I will have done pretty well."

"The young guns can drive one lap quickly but ask them what needs to be done to go faster and they don't know," he added. "That's where with my experience I could contribute.

"Everyone knows you need money for Formula One and I just don't have that. I've had to graft results out of whatever I could drive. When I finished in Formula Three I was ready for F1 but it didn't happen. It's unlikely now but I've learned never to say never."

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