FEBRUARY 3, 1997
Jordan blocking Ligier sale
EDDIE JORDAN has stalled Alain Prost's arrival in Formula 1 as a team owner - because he doesn't want to lose his Peugeot engine supply in 1998. Jordan and Peugeot are just beginning the third year of a three year deal and there is no question that Peugeot top management are not happy with the results achieved by the team to date. Peugeot and Prost have been talking openly about joining forces to establish a French-dominated team for 1998 and beyond.
Peugeot is insisting, however, that when Prost buys the Ligier team from Flavio Briatore that the Ligier name be dropped and the team renamed after Prost. In order for this to happen all the F1 team bosses must agree to the change. Everyone but Jordan is happy to accept the change. Until Eddie agrees Prost's plans are blocked.
Jordan says he wants to show Peugeot that this year's car is a winner before the French motor manufacturer decides what to do in the future.
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ACTION IN BARCELONA
GABRIELE TREDOZI ON THE M197
GARY ANDERSON ON THE 197
JORDAN BLOCKING LIGIER SALE
LOIC BIGOIS ON THE JS45
MIKE GASCOYNE ON THE 025
NICK WIRTH ON THE B197
PATRICK HEAD ON THE FW19
PORTUGAL IS ON!
PROST AND THE FRENCH
RON DENNIS ON THE MP4-12
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: BENETTON-RENAULT B197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: JORDAN-PEUGEOT 197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: LIGIER-MUGEN HONDA JS45
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MCLAREN-MERCEDES MP4-12
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MINARDI-HART M197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: TYRRELL-FORD 025
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW19
THE SCRABBLE FOR ENGINES BEGINS
TOBACCO FIGHTS BACK
WILLIAMS TO USE MECACHROME V10S