JULY 27, 1998
...and Irvine stays at Ferrari
The agreement comes after complicated negotiations between Ferrari and Jean Alesi over a possible deal for Jean to return to Maranello to join Schumacher, leaving his place at Sauber to Ralf Schumacher. We understand that the Schumacher Brothers and their manager Willi Webber spent some time trying to convince Ferrari to release engine technology to Sauber in exchange for the switch. In the end Ferrari decided to stop the talks and agreed to Irvine's demands.