MAY 19, 1997
Watch out for Redon
Roger Zannier - who runs both Z and the shoe company Kickers (which sponsors Benetton) - is a close friend of Prost and in early 1994 was being mentioned as the man behind Prost's takeover of Ligier at the time.
Redon has enjoyed plenty of family support during his racing career. He was a finalist at the Winfield School in 1993 and jumped straight into French F3 with backing from Z in 1994 and won the French title in 1995. He joined the DAMS F3000 team last year - supported by Kickers - and moved to SuperNova this year. It should also be noted that he has a long association with Total, which will be Prost's fuel supplier next season.
It is also possible that Zannier will end the Kickers association with Benetton and will switch to Prost, although this may be complicated as Zannier and Flavio Briatore have close links, Briatore briefly owning Kickers when Zannier ran into financial trouble in 1996.