Schumachers entry

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''Their interaction became quite violent when Gachot reached out for a small teargas canister with which he assaulted the cab driver''

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French-Belgian driver Bertrand Gachot was a well-respected Formula One driver in the 1990's and the winner of the 1991 24-hour of Le Mans in the Mazda 787B. Gachot was Jordan's first driver. Eddie Jordan made his Formula One debut as a constructor in 1991, and with success. Jordan had a fabulous 191 chassis which was powered by the capable Ford HB-V8, and enjoyed firm financial backing by 7-Up. The car proved to be good enough for consistent top 10 classifications. However, after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Eddie Jordan was confronted with a problem that needed fixing before the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. He was suddenly stripped from his star driver, Bertrand Gachot, and had to find a replacement. What happened to Gachot? While driving through London, Gachot had an encounter with a London taxi-driver. Their interaction became quite violent when Gachot reached out for a small teargas canister with which he assaulted the cab driver. Gachot was arrested and put behind bars for two months. In the meantime, Jordan got an interesting offer from Mercedes. The German manufacturer was looking for a way to put its name in the sport, and offered Jordan to pay $150.000 for their protégé Michael Schumacher to take a seat in Gachot's Jordan. Schumacher tested for Jordan at Silverstone and was allowed to race at Spa. The rest is history. Gachot re-entered that same season, in the last race in Adelaide, Australia.

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Comments (2)
  • Yes you are right! Wrote that down too fast :)

    1 year ago
  • His last race was in Adelaide, first race in Albert Park was not until 1996. And after a fantastic qualifying session Schumacher overheated his clutch on the warm up lap and then it failed going through Eau Rouge

    1 year ago

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