Prost test driver Stephane Sarrazin looks set to make his F1 debut in Brazil, standing in for Luca Badoer at Minardi.

The Frenchman is the latest in a line of suggested replacements for the injured Italian and, although no official announcement of his appointment has been made, is likely to appear with the team at Interlagos. Minardi had hoped that Badoer's broken hand would have recovered sufficiently to rule out the need for a substitute, but the Italian did not want to risk aggravating the problem and missing his home GP at Imola in three weeks time.

Sarrazin's release by Prost is seen as a show of gratitude by the French team, which benefited from Minardi's generosity in allowing it to sign Jarno Trulli as a replacement for the injured Olivier Panis two seasons ago. Sarrazin, an F3000 race winner who has shown encouraging pace when testing for Prost in recent weeks, will line-up alongside fellow F1 rookie Marc Gene at Minardi.



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