Prost test driver Stephane Sarrazin is under consideration for a permanent seat at Minardi next season, following his impressive Brazilian GP debut with the team.

The Frenchman, who has stated that he does not want to remain in F3000 despite two race wins, drove for Minardi at Interlagos after regular pilot Luca Badoer broke his hand in a testing accident. Now Sarrazin has the chance to replace the Italian alongside the retained Marc Gene on a long-term basis.

Sarrazin was initially linked to a seat with his current employer, but was overlooked when F3000 champion Nick Heidfeld became available, and is now left with the choice of Minardi or Arrows next season. Minardi would have liked to have kept the Frenchman for the San Marino GP this season, but was prevented by his commitment to Prost's F3000 arm, and has since expressed regular interest in his services for 2000.

If Sarrazin fails to land a seat next year, he is likely to remain as Prost's test driver. Badoer has also been offered an extended testing contract with Ferrari, but is waiting on his race future before committing himself.



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