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Schlesser takes all
Even Mauro Baldi had to admit it. Jean Louis Schlesser deserved to win the 1989 World Championship for sports car drivers with a record of five wins in eight races, plus a second at Dijon and a third at Brands Hatch. His team, Sauber Mercedes, had a near perfect record of 19 starts (including Le Mans) and 17 finishes, and Mercedes' team director Jochen Neerpasch didn't mind admitting "it was our fault, absolutely" that Schlesser ran out of fuel on the last lap at Spa, making him wait another five weeks to take the championship in Mexico.
"And don't forget," said Schlesser, "Mauro drove with me at Suzuka because his leg hadn't recovered from his accident at Daytona." Fair comment, since the season began with 20 points apiece, and reasonable of Baldi to say that Schlesser is a worthy champion. He became one in the space of a second as Kenny Acheson lost control of Baldi's car and crashed, almost at the feet of Neerpasch and Peter Sauber, driving as hard as he knew how.