APRIL 12, 1999
Sarrazin's smashing F1 debut
PROST GRAND PRIX's test driver Stephane Sarrazin was Luca Badoer's replacement at Minardi for last weekend's Brazilian╩Grand╩Prix. It was decided that Badoer would not be able to race following a testing accident at Fiorano which left him with a fractured right hand.
Prost agreed to the deal to give Sarrazin some racing mileage and the 24-year-old Frenchman did an impressive job at Interlagos, which is one of the most difficult circuits on the F1 calendar. He qualified 18th, six-tenths of a second quicker than Marc Gene. In the race he was very fortunate to emerge unscathed from an enormous accident when a front wing adjustment device broke and he hit the wall at 170mph, a crash which tossed the Minardi into seven spins. Remarkably, the chassis of the car was not written off...
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