AUGUST 16, 1999
Frank going Stateside
Zanardi has a two-year contract with Williams with an option to continue for a third but he may decide that he no longer wants to stay in F1. The Williams team may not have a very good reputation for how it handles drivers but it is very loyal to those with contracts. No Williams driver has been dropped by the team since it became Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977. Two years prior to that, however, Frank did drop Jacky Ickx when he was running the Wolf-Williams team, after the Belgian star failed to qualify for a series of races. The agreement was terminated with both sides agreeing not to continue.
Williams says that his trip to America is important because he has not been to an Indycar race for many years and he needs to know more about the motorsport people in North America.
We think there is probably rather more to it than that...