1996 Monaco Grand Prix Winner Olivier Panis Admits He’d Love to Test Mercedes F1 Car

Published 05/19/2021, 7:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Juan Medina


Formula 1 cars, as well as the tech employed by the sport, have come a long way in the past couple of decades. With the constant evolution that they go through, F1 cars of one generation are vastly different from those of the past, and so, it is a whole new experience for drivers to drive cars from another era. And former F1 driver, Olivier Panis, is no different.

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Panis was a French Formula One driver, he made his debut at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, and won, making it the only win of his career.

Ex-F1 driver Olivier Panis shares his desire to drive the Mercedes

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On an episode of the podcast, F1:Beyond the Grid, being asked how much he would love to test a modern car, Panis said, “I would love to test. But I don’t think physically I’ll manage doing it! My neck is good, but after the test, I think after two laps, it will disappear.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He added, “For sure if somebody gives me a test just to enjoy, for sure I am doing it, cause I love this. I want to know what’s the new Formula One.

“If somebody say to me, ‘Do you want to test?’ For sure I am doing it.”

How are the Silver Arrows doing this season?

The W12. the Brackley-based squad’s newest contender for the 2021 championship, has been exceptional throughout all the races that have taken place so far.

Despite looking incredibly off-beat in preseason testing, Mercedes have, yet again, claimed the top step of the ladder early on in the season. Barring one race, their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have occupied the top step and third step of the podium at every race this year.

The next round of the championship takes us to Monaco, where things might be challenging for the Silver Arrows. However, they remain optimistic can believe they can achieve a good result at Monte Carlo.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line in second REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Mercedes leads the championship table, with 141 points, and would like to keep that lead by having a spectacular race in the upcoming weekend.

Do you see the Silver Arrows being victorious on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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