Our latest Great Moment in Motorsport Punditry clip from the archives comes from the 1994 French Grand Prix, where Alessandro Zanardi gave Team Lotus some rare ‘on air’ time with his spectacular retirement from the race…

This was Zanardi’s first race in the team’s new Mugen-Honda-powered 109 challenger, but given that it had been given little more than a brief shakedown before being shipped over to Magny Cours, a few teething problems were to be expected.

During the race, Zanardi’s engine caught fire some twenty laps into the race, only for the Italian to continue onto the next lap, blissfully unaware of the bonfire in his wake.

Watch as Murray Walker and Dr Jonathan Palmer discuss why Alex couldn’t see his engine on fire – plus the added bonus piece of information that Damon Hill was somewhere under Murray! What he was doing there, we’ll perhaps never know…

[Image via F1 Rejects, video via michael1995T]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.