SEPTEMBER 21, 1998
Zanardi and Schumacher Jr. at Williams
WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING will announce this week that it has signed Alex Zanardi and Ralf Schumacher to be its drivers for the next two years.
The 1999 season is unlikely to be an easy one for Williams as the team is going into its last year with Renault-based engines and these have not been very competitive this year and are likely to be even less successful in 1999. Williams will begin a new engine partnership with BMW in the year 2000 and Zanardi and Schumacher will be heavily involved in the development of the Munich company's V10s.
The announcement means that the only major drive still available next year is with Sauber, although there is a second seat at the new British American Racing and both Minardi drives are still up for grabs. If Pedro Diniz moves to BAR there may be an Arrows drive available alongside Mika Salo.