Formula One team guide

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WILLIAMS-RENAULT

Jacques Villeneuve (Can, 25). GPs 16, wins 4, championships 0.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger, 29). GPs 48, wins 0, championships 0.

Still the team to beat. Villeneuve starts favourite but Frentzen has the pace to catch and even beat him. Team effort could be undermined by an overheated domestic scrap and issues away from the track.

FERRARI

Michael Schumacher (Ger, 28)

GPs 85, wins 22, championships 2.

Eddie Irvine (N Irl, 31). GPs 48, wins 0, championships 0.

Schumacher has been playing down his prospects after the car's disappointing showing in winter testing, but he has the ability to tilt the title balance if the team's management give him a fighting chance.

BENETTON-RENAULT

Jean Alesi (Fr, 32). GPs 118, wins 1, championships 0.

Gerhard Berger (Aut, 37). GPs 196, wins 9, championships 0.

The Anglo-Italian team seem at last to be recovering, post-Schumacher, and have two experienced and combative drivers. If Berger maintains his motivation and Alesi his discipline, they could be contenders.

McLAREN-MERCEDES

Mika Hakkinen, (Fin, 28). GPs 79, wins 0, championships 0.

David Coulthard, (GB, 25). GPs 41, wins 1, championships 0.

Once the power of Formula One, now seeking a first grand prix win for more than three years. Two talented and highly competitive drivers who could provide a few sparks if not a genuine championship challenge.

JORDAN-PEUGEOT

Ralf Schumacher (Ger, 21). GPs 0, wins 0, champs 0.

Giancarlo Fisichella (It, 24). GPs 8, wins 0, champs 0.

PROST-MUGEN-HONDA

Olivier Panis (Fr, 30). GPs 49, wins 1, champs 0.

Shinji Nakano (Japan, 25). GPs 0, wins 0, champs 0.

SAUBER-PETRONAS

Johnny Herbert (GB, 32). GPs 95, wins 2, champs 0.

Nicola Larini (It, 32). GPs 34, wins 0, champs 0.

TYRRELL-FORD

Jos Verstappen (Neth, 25). GPs 30, wins 0, champs 0.

Mika Salo (Fin, 30). GPs 35, wins 0, champs 0.

ARROWS-YAMAHA

Damon Hill (GB, 36). GPs 67, wins 21, champs 1.

Pedro Diniz (Bra, 26). GPs 33, wins 0, champs 0.

MINARDI-HART

Ukyo Katayama (Japan, 33). GPs 77, wins 0, champs 0.

Jarno Trulli (It, 23). GPs 0, wins 0, champs 0.

STEWART-FORD

Rubens Barrichello (Bra, 24). GPs 64, wins 0, champs 0.

Jan Magnussen (Den, 23). GPs 1, wins 0, champs 0.

LOLA-FORD

Ricardo Rosset (Bra, 28). GPs 16, wins 0, champs 0.

Vincenzo Sospiri (It, 30). GPs 0, wins 0, champs 0.

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