I would not call that a lucky escape BRG. Because in the long run drivers who have at least started one or more F1 races are remembered much better by autosport historians or by fans as drivers who only drove touring cars or sports cars, even if they won titles in those categories. And I believe that every driver would love to at least have race in F1, even if it was just for 1 year or just 1 race even. Because from a technical point of view it is still the pinnacle of motorsport: these are the most advanced cars in the world and it is the most prestigious championship.
But can anyone on this forum confirm that Zakspeed had initially planned to already enter in 1984 but postponed to 1985? I somehow seem to remember it this way. Possibly Minardi had also already plans to enter in 1984.
Edit: I've just read this on Wikipedia:
"In spite of the team's engineering expertise, Zakspeed never managed to create a competitive chassis/engine package. Their first car, the 184, debuted in 1985, one year after the original plan, and was already outdated."
So now my question is (and I would really love to know this): who would have driven that car that they had planned to enter in 1984?
Edited by William Hunt, 19 September 2013 - 14:54.