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Arrows does not take part in Season 2003!



First GP: 1978
Constructor Titles: 0
Driver Titles: 0

Wins: 0
Pole Positions: 1
Best Laps: 0
Points Scored: 167
Number of GP: 292

Drivers:
1. Unknown
2. Enrique Bernoldi



History:
1978 : 9th in contructors Championship with 11 points.
1979 : 9th in contructors Championship with 05 points.
1980 : 7th in contructors Championship with 11 points
1981 : 8th in contructors Championship with 10 points.
1982 : 10th in contructors Championship with 05 points.
1983 : 10th in contructors Championship with 04 points.
1984 : 9th in contructors Championship with 06 points.
1985 : 8th in contructors Championship with 14 points.
1986 : 10th in contructors Championship with 01 point.
1987 : 6th in contructors Championship with 11 points
1988 : 4th in contructors Championship with 23 points.
1989 : 7th in contructors Championship with 13 points.
1990 : 9th in contructors Championship with 02 points.
1991 : 9th in contructors Championship with 03 points.
1992 : 7th in contructors Championship with 06 points.
1993 : 9th in contructors Championship with 04 points.
1994 : 9th in contructors Championship with 10 points
1995 : 8th in contructors Championship with 05 points.
1996 : 9th in contructors Championship with 01 point.
1997 : 8th in contructors Championship with 09 points.
1998 : 7th in contructors Championship with 06 points.
1999 : 9th in contructors Championship with 01 point.
2000 : 7th in contructors Championship with 07 points.
2001 : 10th in contructors Championship with 01 point.
2002 : 11th in contructors Championship with 02 point.


Career:

Arrows came by its name in a different way to most of the other teams. The team was formed in 1977 after several key members from the Shadow team broke away. Italian Franco Ambrosio, who was to be later imprisoned for financial irregularity, sponsored shadow and he became the 'AR' of the team with the second 'R' coming from the financial director, Alan Rees. The long time managing director and former F1 driver, Jackie Oliver is the ' O ' with the last two initials coming from designers Dave Wass and Tony Southgate.

With over twenty-two years in the sport, Arrows has never won a Grand Prix. The closest they have ever been to victory was when Damon Hill came second in the Hungarian Grand Prix in 1997, although in the teams' second race, Ricardo Patrese led until he was forced to retire with engine failure fifteen laps from the end. Gunnar Nilsson was originally picked to lead the team at the beginning, but he developed stomach cancer before he managed to drive a race, sadly dying a year later. The team then opted for Patrese, who proved to be both quick and wild.

Amazingly enough, their first car was prepared in just sixty short days, but although the very beginning looked hopeful, they quickly ran into trouble. Don Nichols, head of the Shadows team, claimed that the car was a copy of the new Shadow design and took the team to Court. The High Court ruled against Arrows, and informed them that they could not race the car. They built a new car in record time and it was in use by the following race. However the team was plagued by pitfalls. In the Italian Grand Prix, Ronnie Peterson was tragically killed when his Lotus was involved in a multiple car accident at the start. Many top name drivers, including Niki Lauda and James Hunt, started a witch hunt and eventually Patrese was held responsible for the tragedy and was banned from the following race in America.

The distinctive gold livery of the Wersteiner beer company on the 1979 Arrows, coupled with it's futuristic look made the new A2 'buzz bomb' widely talked about. Unfortunately, looks don't win Grand Prix and the car was unsuccessful in the hands of Patrese and Jochen Mass, so the team reverted to a more conventional look. To be competitive in the 1980's, the era of turbo, the team needed a firm link to an engine supplier, but it wasn't until BMW withdrew and rebadged their powerful four cylinder turbo engines to Megatron, that Arrows had a chance. Despite the best efforts of both Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever, that elusive first win was still not in view.

Late in the eighties, the Japanese Footwork Corporation made a deal with Jackie Oliver, injecting vital funds. The team was renamed 'Footwork' and with the pending arrival of the Porsche engine, the team looked set to finally see victory. Any hopes of repeating McLarens dominant days with the Porsche built TAG engines were dispelled when the 12-cylinder engine arrived. At that stage, a typical unit weighed roughly 145kg, but the Porsche was over 210kg!

The team continued on with the Porsche engines that they had been relying on, before switching to Japanese Mugen engines. In 1994, chief designer, Alan Jenkins designed the FA15 to accommodate a customer Ford engine along with some great rear end aerodynamics, but the new regulations due to the fatalities in the early nineties, greatly hampered the cars. Footwork reduced its involvement in the team and they reverted back to Arrows Grand Prix International. Tom Walkinshaw arrived in 1996, replacing Jackie Oliver and it was he that signed the then World Champion, Damon Hill to drive for the team in 1997 alongside a paying driver, Pedro Diniz. They were running with the Yamaha engine and in Hungary that year it looked as if Hill would finally give the team their first victory, but a throttle linkage failure thwarted the team once more. Hill decided to leave the team at the end of the season and Mika Salo replaced him. Yamaha also moved on and Brian Hart built the engines for 1998. Pedro Diniz scored a sixth place in Monaco and a fifth in Belgium, while Mika Salo took fourth at Monaco.

1999 saw a bad year once again with the team constantly fighting with Minardi, at the back end of the field. Diniz left the team after the 98 season, as did Mika Salo as the team opted for new drivers in Tora Takagi and Pedro de la Rosa. Pedro's sixth place was the only point the team received for the year and they are hoping, and praying, that the year 2000 will be the end to all their woes. Tora Takagi wasn’t retained for the new season, the team opting to go for the experienced Dutch driver, Jos Verstappen to partner de la Rosa. The duo put in some strong performances throughout the year, with Pedro running in a strong third place in the German Grand Prix before a problem in the pits saw him relegated back to sixth.

2001 is a new year with a new engine. Switching to Asiatech power re-badged Peugeot engines, the team were confident for a positive season. Despite some straight-line speed that left their rivals scratching their heads in amazement, and Jos Verstappen being nicknamed the master of overtaking after gaining up to nine places at the start of a race, they finished the year with only one point to their credit. 2002 sees yet another switch of engine power and they will be running with the Cosworth V10, the same power behind their rivals at Jaguar Racing.