Motor Racing: Brundle's choice

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MARTIN BRUNDLE may renew his partnership with fellow- Briton Mark Blundell in the revamped French Formula One team, Ligier-Renault, this year.

Blundell, out of grand prix racing since he parted company with Brundle and Brabham at the end of 1991, is known to have one of the drives at Ligier, though the team are reluctant to confirm the fact.

They want to announce their complete line-up - probably early next week - and the signs are that Brundle, released by Benetton- Ford after his most productive season, could be given the other seat.

Other options for Brundle include McLaren, Lotus-Ford, Jordan-Hart and IndyCars. Brundle remains an obvious candidate should Ayrton Senna leave McLaren. Equally logical would be his appointment by Lotus if they lost Mika Hakkinen to McLaren. Jordan might prefer a driver with sponsorship so the likes of the former Ligier man, Thierry Boutsen, would come into the equation.

Ligier may appeal to the 33- year-old Brundle. Under new ownership, they are working on a new car, complete with some of Williams' sophisticated equipment.

Brundle and Blundell had a good working relationship at Brabham and have accumulated valuable experience. While Brundle was scoring consistently with Benetton, Blundell, 26, was test-driving for McLaren-Honda.

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