Arrows Grand Prix International were a British Formula One team, founded by Tom Walkinshaw and his crew, billed as one of the best teams to never win a Grand Prix. They came close to a first win in the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix with defending champion Damon Hill but lost out to Jacques Villeneuve.
The other time they almost won was at the 1985 San Marino Grand Prix, when Thierry Boutsen was briefly promoted to first after Elio de Angelis and Alain Prost were disqualified, but afterwards, de Angelis was reinstated, demoting Boutsen to second.
Background[edit | edit source]
The Arrows Grand Prix International team was founded in Milton Keynes, England in 1977, by Italian businessman Franco Ambrosio, Alan Rees, Jackie Oliver, Dave Wass and Tony Southgate (the team deriving its name from the initials of their surnames) when they left the Shadow team.
Arrows initially ran a copy of the Shadow DN9, with the initials of the team's first sponsor, Franco Ambrosio, used in naming the car, the Arrows FA1. However, Ambrosio left the team in early 1978 when jailed in Italy for financial irregularities and main sponsor became Warsteiner. Shadow sued for copyright infringement, and the London High Courts ruled that the FA1 was a direct copy of the Shadow DN9. Arrows knew that they would lose the case and designed a brand new car, the Arrows A1, in 52 days. It was shown the day after the High Court of Justice in London upheld Shadow's claim and banned the team from racing the FA1.
Prior to Formula One World Championship[edit | edit source]
Formula One World Championship[edit | edit source]
Formula One Results[edit | edit source]
Summary[edit | edit source]
Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Entries||296 (592 car entries)|
|Front Row Starts||1|
|Distance Raced||114704.934 km (71274 mi)|
|Distance Led||500.873 km (311 mi)|
Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Arrows/Results
Notes[edit | edit source]
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