Olivier Panis to leave F1

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Olivier Panis is leaving Formula One after a 10-year racing career. Panis, who won only once, ended his Formula One racing career with Toyota in 2004.

Olivier Panis to leave F1

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Olivier Panis is leaving Formula One after a 10-year racing career. Panis, who won only once, ended his Formula One racing career with Toyota in 2004. The 40-year-old remained as Toyota's test driver for two years and will leave when the season ends."I am looking forward to new racing challenges outside Formula One, but I will keep a close eye on Toyota's performance and hope they achieve all the success they deserve,'' the Frenchman said in a statement issued by Toyota.Panis' only victory was at Monaco in 1996. He was second three times and finished third in one race. He drove in 158 races and began his career in 1994 with Ligier, which he drove three seasons and then moved to Prost for three seasons. Panis sat out in 2000 but returned with BAR-Honda in 2001 and 2002 and finished with Toyota in 2003 and 2004.Toyota will race next season with Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli and Frenchman Franck Montagny is likely to join as the test driver.(AP)



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