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Candidates for Panis' Prost seat in 1997?


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#1 Zippel

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 06:53

Hi,

A question: When Panis broke both legs at the Canadian GP of 1997, was there a rumoured list of possible drivers to replacement him?

I mean, at the time Villeneuve considered Panis one of his biggest threats and the car was pretty close to winning a race or two at the beginning of the season, so I could imagine a few drivers making enquires.

Trulli eventually got the seat but surely the Prost team considered other possibilities? I know Brundle's ITV contract in 97 allowed him to leave if an F1 drive came his way so was he ever in the frame? Did Alain Prost consider a brief return? Perhaps Briatore offered Alesi as he wasn't very happy with him at that stage?


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#2 HistoryFan

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 07:32

I think that question would be better post in the "almost moves" thread.

But what I know is that Prost talks with
- Emmanuel Collard. Earlier this year there were rumours that he will replace Shinji Nakano.
- Martin Brundle. He would be a experienced driver and know the team very well after he drove some races for Ligier in the past.
- Damon Hill. He also was in negotations with Prost for 1998.

#3 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:36

How would Hill have gotten out of the Arrows deal?

#4 scheivlak

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:50

How would Hill have gotten out of the Arrows deal?

That was indeed the question: http://www.grandprix...ns/ns01138.html

#5 Zippel

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 13:04

Didn't know Hill was in the frame. Cheers for that guys.