Le Mans » Olivier Panis calls time on Le Mans career

Former F1 star Olivier Panis has renounced his dream of adding to his Monaco Grand Prix success with glory in the Le Mans 24 Hours after witnessing the terrifying high-speed accidents suffered by Audi rivals McNish and Mike Rockenfeller last weekend

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Dave - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 2:41 PM

Motor Racing is a "proving ground" for yourself your co driver or drivers and your team. Once you get the feeling there is no more to "prove", you should retire gracefully :) Best of luck with the rest of your life Olivier Panis! and thankyou for sharing your Motor Racing career with us :)

Just Observing - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 11:13 PM

While I have the deepest respect for a racing driver that has decided its time to hang up the helmet and gloves, a part of me can't help but think -doesn't this mean ANOTHER inexperienced driver has to replace him at next year's Le Mans... a driver will have to come from somewhere and even if ORRECA poach them from another team it just means THAT team has to find another driver

Peyroles - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 8:32 AM

Olivier Panis, a "former F1 star"? Are you joking, crash.net? How many victories (y)? About Le Mans, crashes are just an alibi and live timing the truth: Panis was by far the slowest of ORECA's trio. It was exactly the same story with Villeneuve in '07: the best money, all the medias without any performance compare with others Peugeot's drivers.

bojan - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 10:42 AM

@ Just Observing

I don't think there's any shortage of drivers with plenty of sportscar experience available to take the place of Panis. The less experienced drivers wil be there anyway because they pay for their drives.

I fancy Panis' place will be going to a certain S. Loeb, who admittedly does not have a lot of sportscar experience but has been there done that (2005 if I recall) and can excel in pretty much anything with four wheels.

Well done anyway, Olivier, you have nothing to be ashamed of, and best wishes for the future.


July 01, 2011 10:47 AM

I can't imagine he wasn't already thinking along those lines and the crashes are just enough to have tipped him. Yes, both cars were wrecked in spectacular fashion, but both drivers were OK, so I don't quite get it?

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