NOVEMBER 27, 1995
Who will be Michael's race engineer?
THE most important man for a top Formula 1 driver is his race engineer.
Last week in Estoril, Michael was working with 33-year-old Italian Luigi Mazzola. He worked as a race engineer for Ferrari in the early 1990s - notably with Alain Prost - but then moved to Sauber where he worked with JJ Lehto until July 1993, when he quit the team. Mazzola returned to Ferrari and worked as Gerhard Berger's race engineer in 1994 before becoming the team's chief testing engineer this year. He engineered Jean Alesi at Imola in April when Jean's regular engineer IgnazioÊLunetta had to miss the race because his wife was giving birth.
Mazzola, however, is not expected to be Schumacher's race engineer next year. The race engineering team is led by GiorgioÊAscanelli and he is trying to hire McLaren man, Pat Fry - who worked with him at Benetton and later at McLaren. Fry is under contract for another season, but McLaren does not appear to need him as the team has hired Williams's David Brown to work alongside Steve Hallam.