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Motor racing: Sauber want Frentzen back

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The rumours flying around the Formula One scene are true - Switzerland's Sauber team have confirmed that they want the Jordan driver, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, back in the Sauber pit.

The head of the team, Peter Sauber, confirmed on Wednesday that the team had expressed an interest in the 33-year-old German.

"We have been in contact with Frentzen over a possible transfer," Sauber admitted before flying out for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. "The time has come when we have to consider the issue of next year's drivers."

The Sauber team's contract with Pedro Diniz is close to expiring, and although Mika Salo's contract runs until the end of 2002, both sides can exercise a get-out clause. Frentzen could replace Salo if the Finn accepts an offer to drive for Toyota's new Formula One team.

Frentzen has already driven for Sauber between 1994 and 1996, before joining Williams for two years. He has been under contract to Jordan since 1999. After coming third in last year's drivers' championship, Frentzen is also thought to have aroused the interest of the BAR and Jaguar teams. He could also choose to extend his contract at Jordan once it runs out in mid-July.

swissinfo with agencies

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