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#1 cheesy poofs

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Posted 22 January 2003 - 21:45

Jean-Pierre Jabouille was Renault's first and only driver from the '77 British to the end of the 1978 season. René Arnoux ended with that 2nd drive from 1979 onwards.

Does anyone know if other drivers were also in the running for that second seat and, if so, what led to this choice ?

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 16:08

Didier Pironi was first choice, but he wasn't released from his Tyrrell contract.

#3 cheesy poofs

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 17:04

That seems logical.
I'm just wondering though - why couldn't ELF ( who had ties with both teams ) do anything about it then ?

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 17:10

Originally posted by cheesy poofs
That seems logical.
I'm just wondering though - why couldn't ELF ( who had ties with both teams ) do anything about it then ?


Didn't Elf discontinue their association with Tyrrell at the end of 1978?