JUNE 30, 1997
Poor old Panis
OLIVIER PANIS was discharged from the Sacre Coeur hospital in Montreal last Monday - eight days after the crash in which he broke both his legs - and immediately flew back to France with his wife Anne.
Sauleau says that it will be a month before Panis can walk but rehabilitation work is already underway in the swimming pool. "I would be feeling much better if I was in my car this weekend at Magny-Cours," Panis said. "It's the first time that I've found myself in this situation and I suffered from delayed shock. I am recuperating now and we are starting to prepare for my return. I hope to be fit at the start of September because I want to drive again between now and the end of the season. I certainly want to drive as soon as possible but one must be realistic. I must take my time because I want to come back 150% fit so that I am competitive right away and can give my best. My aim is to be World Champion - and I will be."