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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.

They competed in Formula One between 1978 and 2002, scoring nine podiums during their existence. Between 1991 and 1996 they were known as Footwork Arrows.

BackgroundEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

Formula One World ChampionshipEdit

Formula One ResultsEdit

SummaryEdit

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers Rounds Points WCC Test Drivers Report
1978 FA1
A1
Cosworth G Italy Riccardo Patrese 2-14, 16 11 10th Report
Germany Rolf Stommelen 3-16
1979 A1B
A2
Cosworth G Italy Riccardo Patrese All 5 9th Report
Germany Jochen Mass All
1980 A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Italy Riccardo Patrese All 11 7th Report
Germany Jochen Mass 1–10, 13–14
New Zealand Mike Thackwell 11
Germany Manfred Winkelhock 12
1981 A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M
P
Italy Riccardo Patrese All 10 8th Report
Italy Siegfried Stohr 1–13
Canada Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. 14–15
1982 A4
A5
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 P United Kingdom Brian Henton 1–3 5 10th Report
Switzerland Marc Surer 5–16
Italy Mauro Baldi 1–3, 5–16
1983 A6 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Switzerland Marc Surer All 4 10th Report
Brazil Chico Serra 1, 3–5
Australia Alan Jones 2
Belgium Thierry Boutsen 6–15
1984 A6
A7
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t
G Switzerland Marc Surer All 3
3
10th
11th
Report
Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
1985 A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G Austria Gerhard Berger All 14 8th Report
Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
1986 A8
A9
BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G Switzerland Marc Surer 1–5 1 10th Report
Germany Christian Danner 7–16
Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
1987 A10 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G United Kingdom Derek Warwick All 11 6th Report
United States Eddie Cheever All
1988 A10B Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G United Kingdom Derek Warwick All 23 5th Report
United States Eddie Cheever All
1989 A11 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G United Kingdom Derek Warwick All 13 7th Report
United States Eddie Cheever All
1990 A11
A11B
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G Italy Michele Alboreto All 2 9th Report
Germany Bernd Schneider 1, 14
Italy Alex Caffi 2–13, 15–16
19911996: See Footwork Arrows
1997 A18 Yamaha 0X11A 3.0 V10 B United Kingdom Damon Hill All 9 8th Report
Brazil Pedro Diniz All
1998 A19 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B Brazil Pedro Diniz All 6 7th Report
Finland Mika Salo All
1999 A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B Spain Pedro de la Rosa All 1 9th Report
Japan Tora Takagi All
2000 A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 B Spain Pedro de la Rosa All 7 7th Report
Netherlands Jos Verstappen All
2001 A22 Asiatech 001 3.0 V10 B Netherlands Jos Verstappen All 1 10th Report
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi All
2002 A23 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1–12 2 11th Report
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 1–12

StatisticsEdit

Entries 296 (592 car entries)
Starts 546
Pole Positions 1
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 0
Podiums 8
Fastest laps 0
Points 142
Laps Raced 24509
Distance Raced 114704.934 km (71274 mi)
Races Led 5
Laps Led 128
Distance Led 500.873 km (311 mi)

Complete Formula One ResultsEdit

Main article: Arrows/Results

NotesEdit

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