Besides the stand-in drivers there is also another group. The almost stand-in drives. Why would you cover these? Well, if you see the names that appear during the research of the subject and see the story behind it. These are worth sharing! Most of the almost drives are long forgotten by the most fans. It makes it only more worthwhile to dive into these stories and uncover the full story.
In 1998, the grooved tyres, with three grooves, were introduced in the Formula One. Mika Häkkinen was too strong for Michael Schumacher and became world Champion that year. It would also be the last year for the Tyrrell Racing team. In addition, did you know that Zakspeed was seriously working on a comeback on the grid? Dome F106 During the season it became known that Dome was working on an
1990 was in all aspects not that spectacular. Zakspeed and Rial disappeared from the grid due financial issues and Life Racing Engines made its debut, note this is basically the First team, powered by their controversial V12 engine concept. Besides a season that was dominated by McLaren it was also an season with interesting Unraced Projects. Brabham-Yamaha BT58YIn 1990 Brabham debuted with the BT58, during the first Grand Prix Stefano
1989 seemed to be a perfect year for the small Italian team Osella Squadra Corse. Cosworth was supplying the team with engines, while Pirelli improved their qualifying and race tyres. Sadly, 1989 would prove to be the last year for the Osella team with Enzo Osella as team owner. At the end of the season the team was for sale, and believe it or not Piercarlo Ghinzani was interested to
Erich Zakowski left Formula One at the end of January 1990 when his Zakspeed team tested their Zakspeed–Yamaha 891B for the final time at Estoril and then Paul Ricard. The F1 project had become too expensive and after a disastrous 1989 season the team’s main sponsors ended their support of Zakspeed. However, as with many other former F1 team bosses, Erich’s son Peter Zakowski wanted to return Zakspeed to Formula
The Zakspeed-Yamaha 891B was the last Zakspeed car to be driven on a circuit. After the team's biggest sponsor left they had no other option but to stop their Formula One activities. The Zakspeed 891B was slightly updated compared to the 891 they entered the 1989 season with. In January the 891B was tested twice during Formula One winter test sessions. The "new" Zakspeed seemed to be pretty good judging