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Help needed to rebuild my testdrivers list !

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#1 William Hunt

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 14:32

I used to have a very complete list of all official and unofficial F1 test or reserve-drivers from the early '80s until now. I started to compile it in '89, so it was very exact.

However in january this year the harddisk of my pc broke down. This normally isn't such a disaster since I keep my important files on burned cd-roms. However the cd were I burned the testdriver information on is damaged ! And with the file that was on my harddisk now gone I lost this testdriver list. :(

I was hoping that the members here could help me in restoring this year by year list, starting with the '80s.


#2 William Hunt

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 15:36

I noticed in the Benetton testdriver thread a link to a site containing the official testdrivers , this will help me to complete my list again.

However the testdrivers link to 8wforix is incomplete. I am for example sure that Andrew Gilbert-Scott was a testdriver for Lleyton House and I think he also tested for Jordan. And teams like Larrousse are missing ! Larrousse was a team that had several drivers testing for them in the '80s and early '90s, yet no one is mentioned.

#3 Racer.Demon

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 16:22

William, the page is a work in progress - what else can it be with such a theme?

Of course, any help is appreciated to fill in the gaps, but remember that the list only mentions official test drivers and not the one-off test drivers.

#4 Marcel Visbeen

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 18:02

This might be helpful aswell:

#5 William Hunt

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 00:05

Thanks Marcel, posting that link is very kind of U.

#6 panzani

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 13:14

There are programs for restoring data from crashed HDs and CDs, and there are professionals doing this job as well. I guess you can find some on PC specialised magazines there in Belgium, I am too far to help more though.

#7 D-Type

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 13:38


When rebuilding your database can I make a small suggestion.

Differentiate between those who were a manufacturer's test driver such as Sanesi and those who had a 'try out' such as Senna in the Williams in 1983(?).

Good luck. I hope you manage to recover the data.