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Old 11 Nov 2021, 18:57 (Ref:4082847)   #1
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F1 entries/rumours that never came to be

Thanks to nononsensecapeesh for inspiring these other threads. Let's have one for Formula 1.

I think the most interesting silly season story is that of Jenson Button in 2004-6. Button was signed for BAR but tried to sign a contract with Williams. They went through a whole contract dispute in which Button tried to get out of his deal with BAR and instead drive for Williams, but eventually BAR won and retained the services of Jenson Button for 2005. Button then signed a contract with Williams for 2006. However, due to Williams struggling in 2005 as much as BAR, and losing BMW as an engine supplier while BAR were getting increased backing from Honda, Button then decided he wanted to stay with BAR and went back into contract disputes between the two teams, but with the roles reversed. Eventually, Button had to pay Williams to get out of his contract and remain with BAR.
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Old 11 Nov 2021, 19:21 (Ref:4082848)   #2
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More recently, Michael Andretti's failed negotiations to take over Alfa Romeo/Sauber means Colton Herta won't be joining the F1 grid in 2022, if ever.

His father Bryan Herta also tried unsuccessfully for a Minardi seat for 2003.
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During the 1990s, Williams showed interest in Al Unser Jr., Benetton in Paul Tracy and Ligier in Robby Gordon.

Fleeting or otherwise, teams showing an interest still amounts to an F1 rumour that never came to be, that's the way I see it.
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Didn't Rick Mears test for Brabham once? Or come close to it?

Bobby Rahal did contest the last two rounds of 1978 in a second Wolf but was meant to drive for Wolf full-time in 1979 alongside James Hunt.
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The late Justin Wilson was the original intended choice to stand in for Alex Yoong at Minardi in 2002 but he was too tall to fit in the cockpit of the PS02 properly.
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More recently, Michael Andretti's failed negotiations to take over Alfa Romeo/Sauber means Colton Herta won't be joining the F1 grid in 2022, if ever.

His father Bryan Herta also tried unsuccessfully for a Minardi seat for 2003.
Carl Haas approached Michael Andretti with regards to a possible 1986 race seat.
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Frank Lagorce was originally meant to partner Andrea Montermini at Forti in 1996 until they signed Luca Badoer.

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March entering the 1993 Season, drivers would have Jean-Marc Gounon and Jan Lammers.

Larrousse entering the 1995 Season, drivers would have been Eric Bernard and Christophe Bouchut, Eric Helary would have been test driver.
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Taki Inoue was to partner Pedro Lamy at Minardi for 1996 but his sponsorship failed to materialize hence the last-minute promotion of Giancarlo Fisichella from being the team's intended test driver.
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The DAMS F1 car which Lammers and Erik Comas tested.

The Lola T95/30 which Allan McNish tested.

The Dome F1 car which Marco Apicella, Naoki Hattori and Shinji Nakano tested.

Apicella also tested the FIRST F189 which eventually became the infamous Life F190, although had the car entered the 1989 season, Gabriele Tarquini would have driven it.
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Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia were the original intended drivers for the infamous Andrea Moda team in 1992.
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Hideki Noda was meant to share a seat at Simtek with Domenico Schiattarella alongside Jos Verstappen in 1995. Moda was destined never to race for Simtek as they went bust after 5 races.
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In 1995, Pacific wanted to run Katsumi Yamamoto in the Japanese races and Oliver Gavin in Australia after they released Jean-Denis Deletraz who's sponsors didn't pay up, neither driver was issued a superlicence so Bertrand Gachot returned for the last three races.
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The Dallara-built Honda F1 prototype in 1999, Jos Verstappen and Nicolas Minassian were among the drivers to test the car, the project floundered after Harvey Postlethwaite passed away from a heart attack.

Honda built a least two other F1 prototypes in the early 90s and at least one of them was tested by Satoru Nakajima.
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Brabham wanted to hire Akihiko Nakaya alongside Eric van de Poele for 1992 but Nakaya wasn't granted a superlicence hence the infamous appointment of Giovanna Amati.

Fondmetal were poised to hire Giuseppe Bugatti just before they went bust.
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