Drivers to stay for 1999 season

Scuderia Ferrari has announced that Eddie Irvine will stay on with the team through the 1999 season. It is generally felt that Irvine has done an outstanding job as a ...

Scuderia Ferrari has announced that Eddie Irvine will stay on with the team through the 1999 season. It is generally felt that Irvine has done an outstanding job as a #2 driver to two-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, and Ferrari's decision confirms their satisfaction with the Irishman's results.

At Prost, the four-time champion and team owner Alain Prost said "I'm intent on keeping both my drivers," thus effectively confirming both Olivier Panis and Jarno Trulli for the 1999 season. Rumours had connected numerous drivers, including Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert and Ralf Schumacher, with the team's future.

While the team has not officially confirmed it, Jean Alesi has said that he intends to stay at Sauber for the 1999 season. After some initial difficulties, Alesi and Sauber have now built a successful team, and are keen to continue this for next season.

At McLaren, Ron Dennis has said that he will not make the final decision until the end of the month, but has indicated his satisfaction with both Mika Hakkinen (currently leading the World Championship race) and David Coulthard (currently 3rd). Norbert Haug, the Mercedes motorsports boss, has also expressed his support for Coulthard, who had been rumourerd to be on his way out.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Jarno Trulli , Ralf Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Olivier Panis , Norbert Haug , Alain Prost
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren