The identities should be known officially soon, but dsc's contacts
in France suggest that an additional three of the drivers of the
2007 Peugeots, at Le Mans and in the LMS, willl be two Frenchman
and an Italian.
Panis has long been rumoured to be heading for a Peugeot, and he
could make four. He told French TV recently that he is only interested
in doing the full programme - Le Mans and the Le Mans Series - with
No surprises regarding the two, 'new' Frenchmen, one of whom, a
prototype specialist, was in great demand in June of this year,
while the other has largely been regarded as a GT1 driver in recent
times, but has LMP experience too.
The identity of the Italian is something of a surprise, although
he has diesel experience in abundance! His appearance in a Peugeot
would tend to confirm other rumours...
These four are likely to be joined by a single seater man for Le
Mans, but he has prototype experience too and finished 4th some
years ago with a... Peugeot engine behind him!
Jean Alesi, who will retire from DTM after Hockenheim, was rumoured
earlier (by reporters with brain trouble) as a possible Peugeot
driver. But this weekend, at Le Mans (for the DTM) he said once
and for all to the French press that he is not interested in Le
Mans. He said a few years ago that for him, doing Le Mans again
(he raced in the 24 Hours in 1988 - whoops - 1989, thanks pedant!)
would be a punishment!
Also in ‘not driving for Peugeot’ news, a Le Mans-type
driver, racing this season for Pescarolo Sport and as Porsche factory
driver in FIA GT, won't drive for Peugeot. A former Toyota Le Mans
driver, he would have been an obvious choice, but he has given priority
to Pescarolo Sport and the Porsche 997 GT3-RSR next season.
Plus, no sign of Eric Helary in the 2007 drivers names so far, despite
being the only contracted 2006 driver. Motors TV commentators revealed
yesterday that he will have a meeting on Tuesday with Michel Barge
to discuss his future with Peugeot.
The full line-up should be confirmed later this month. Will these
strong Le Mans paddock and press room rumours be confirmed by the