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Old 24 Jun 2020, 21:18 (Ref:3983681)   #556
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Julian Bailey did the first four races with them, but according to Perry McCarthy, his overalls had Johnny’s name on them
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Old 25 Jun 2020, 11:15 (Ref:3983756)   #557
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Old 26 Jun 2020, 01:54 (Ref:3983892)   #558
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in December 1985 Al Unser Jr. was apparently offered the Brabham drive alongside Piquet for 1986 by Bernie. Al said he was already signed to a contract and committed to Indycar for 1986.

December 1992 Unser spent 5 days at Estoril testing alongside Hill and Patrese and was apparently the fastest of the trio. When he approached Williams about a contract he was told, " We were just interested to see how you performed, and there is no contract available."

Would have been interesting to see Unser alongside Prost in 1993.

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Old 26 Jun 2020, 09:00 (Ref:3983947)   #559
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Wouldn't have been alongside Piquet for 86 as he had already signed a contract for Williams long before Unser's was offered a drive

Certainly Unser was fast in that Williams test, but apparently his fitness left something to be desired
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Montoya was linked to a drive for Stewart for 98
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Old 27 Jun 2020, 00:43 (Ref:3984115)   #561
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in December 1985 Al Unser Jr. was apparently offered the Brabham drive alongside Piquet for 1986 by Bernie. Al said he was already signed to a contract and committed to Indycar for 1986.

December 1992 Unser spent 5 days at Estoril testing alongside Hill and Patrese and was apparently the fastest of the trio. When he approached Williams about a contract he was told, " We were just interested to see how you performed, and there is no contract available."

Would have been interesting to see Unser alongside Prost in 1993.
But he also talked to Lotus, when Hakkinen left them.they needed a replacement, and Al Jr. was one of the main candidates. I guess he wasn't that interested in leaving the US where he can compete for wins and championships, to race for a midfield F1 team.
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Montoya was linked to a drive for Stewart for 98
He was also often linked with Burger King
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Old 27 Jun 2020, 08:27 (Ref:3984157)   #563
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Listened to more of the Zanardi podcast last night. As well as Williams, he was in talks for drives with Jordan, Prost and BAR for 99. He also met up with Jean Todt about a possible Ferrari drive
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Emilio de Villota was on the entry list for Tyrrell for the 82 US West GP alongside Alboreto
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Julian Bailey had chances of coming back to F1 in 1989 when Larrousse decided to sack both drivers.
Eventually the french team chose Eric Bernard and Emanuele Pirro, but as Pirro has been picked by Benetton to replace Herbert, Philippe Alliot was able to keep his seat.
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Pierluigi Martini was rumoured to join Lotus for 1989, as he was sponsored by Camel.
Martini also had been the main candidate at FIRST Racing.
But he joined Minardi, and the rest is history...
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Danny Sullivan I think might have had a contract with Tyrrell for 84 even though he didn’t race for them. He was on the entry list for the San Marino GP
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Gianni Morbidelli talked to Tyrrell for a possible 1996 seat. Eventually they kept Katayama and Morbidelli had to take a year sabbatical from F1 racing(he tested tho for Ferrari and Jordan)
Also, why Ferrari didn't choose him for 1992 is still a mystery for me. He did an alright season at Minardi(he scored no points, but his pace was good) and when he had to fill in at Scuderia, he did a respectful job.
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Yes, Gianni did a very good job in that very wet Australian GP, he kept it on the track and got up to third when the race was stopped. Maybe wasn’t as quick as Alesi, but a very solid backup. Never saw much wrong with his driving
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in December 1985 Al Unser Jr. was apparently offered the Brabham drive alongside Piquet for 1986 by Bernie. Al said he was already signed to a contract and committed to Indycar for 1986.

December 1992 Unser spent 5 days at Estoril testing alongside Hill and Patrese and was apparently the fastest of the trio. When he approached Williams about a contract he was told, " We were just interested to see how you performed, and there is no contract available."

Would have been interesting to see Unser alongside Prost in 1993.
According to one or two ex team personnel who were there at the time, Little Al was in reality nowhere near the regulars on pace. The stories put out were just PR.
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