Luciano Burti joins the Prost Acer Team

St Quentin en Yvelines, April 19th 2001 Prost Grand Prix announced today that, following an agreement with the Jaguar Racing Team, Luciano Burti will join the French team as official driver, alongside Jean Alesi, for the remainder of the 2001 ...

St Quentin en Yvelines, April 19th 2001

Prost Grand Prix announced today that, following an agreement with the Jaguar Racing Team, Luciano Burti will join the French team as official driver, alongside Jean Alesi, for the remainder of the 2001 season. This step was taken after current Prost Acer driver Gaston Mazzacane and the Prost Grand Prix team agreed that the Argentinian driver would no longer compete with the team.

Brazilian Luciano Burti, who has been competing with the Jaguar Racing Team, has been released from his duties and is expected to join the Prost Acer team today at the Silverstone circuit to test the AP04 in preparation for the Barcelona Grand Prix, the first race with his new team.

Prost Grand Prix President Alain Prost said :

"It was a well-timed series of events. As soon as it was clear Gaston was no longer driving for us, it was evident to us that Luciano Burti would be a good replacement and negotiations were done quite quickly"

"Luciano has already shown good potential so far this season " he continued "I am sure that, as the AP04 will develop in the races to come, he will be given all the means to prove himself and to be a competitive team mate with Jean Alesi "

"Furthermore, the choice of Brazilian Burti fits one of our marketing strategies : to focus on South America, where we have many interests and opportunities, thanks to our partners PSN and Pedro Diniz."

"Prost Grand Prix team thanks Gaston Mazzacane for his commitment and support and wishes him all the best for his future" Prost concluded.

-Prost-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luciano Burti , Gaston Mazzacane , Jean Alesi , Alain Prost , Pedro Diniz
Teams Jaguar Racing