British Formula One racer Justin Wilson has switched from Minardi to Jaguar, replacing Antonio Pizzonia from the next race in Germany next month.

British Formula One racer Justin Wilson has switched from Minardi to Jaguar, replacing Antonio Pizzonia from the next race in Germany next month.

Minardi said Danish Formula 3000 racer Nicolas Kiesa would replace Wilson.

Jaguar said Pizzonia had not lived up to expectations. “To the great regret of Jaguar Racing, Antonio Pizzonia has not been able to realise his potential with the team over the past 11 races.

“Jaguar Racing therefore has decided that it is neither in his best interests, nor in the team’s, for Antonio to continue driving as full-time race driver at this time. In an effort to continue supporting Antonio’s development, however, Jaguar Racing has offered him the opportunity to remain with the team as reserve and test driver,” said the team.

Wilson’s deal is for the remainder of the season, but “with options for future years”.

"This is fantastic news and a simply brilliant opportunity for me," Wilson said. "Jaguar have been really impressive this year and made a big step forward over the winter. As Mark Webber has proven, this is a team that can score world championship points and I'm determined to do just that."

The 25-year-old Kiesa has raced for the Den Bla Avis team in F3000 this year. He won the Monaco GP support race in May.

"It's a case of mixed feelings when it comes to Justin's departure from European Minardi," said Minardi team principal Stoddart. "We are obviously sad to lose him, but pleased, and proud, that he has been able to demonstrate his undoubted driving talent at Minardi. A move to Jaguar Racing gives him the opportunity to develop his talent further and, at the same time, benefits Minardi enormously, as it helps to assure the team's future in Formula One.

"Like Fernando and Mark before him, Justin is now clearly on his way. This also clearly illustrates one of the invaluable roles that the smaller, independent teams fulfil in this sport: they are able to give young drivers the opportunity to showcase their talent and establish themselves as grand prix stars of the future.

"Looking ahead, we welcome Nicolas to the team. He comes with impressive racing credentials, and all of us at European Minardi Cosworth look forward to working with him."

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the track invader during Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone was an Irish priest warning that the world is about to end.

Father Neil Horan, who has been charged with aggravated trespass by Northamptonshire police, apparently usually appears in public places wearing an Irish national costume as part of a 'dance for peace'.

When he ran on to the track he was carrying placards, which stated: "Read the Bible, the Bible is always right".