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JANUARY 13, 2001

Manning happy with BAR continuity

BRITON Darren Manning is prepared to wait for his chance in Formula One and believes another year as British American Racing test driver could benefit him.

Manning, who wanted a full drive for the 2001 season, will continue as official tester with the Brackley-based outfit and he admitted it could help his prospects of a drive.

"We were kept in the dark for a little while but it is nice to know I've got another year," Manning said. "I had hoped to get a full drive this year but I'll settle for another development year.

"Formula One has been my aim forever and I feel I could have done a job this year. It wasn't to be but I intend to get a drive next year and this could help me achieve that."