Welcome to another edition of TheJudge13 F1 Bar Exam.
Since John is out of town, the F1 Bar exam comes from the Fat Hippo this week.
Last week’s question(s): Can you name the car (team and model) in the picture. Can you also name the year(s) in which it was raced and who the racing drivers were. Also, how many constructors points was scored in the year(s) the car was raced?
The answer(s) John was looking for were: The car in the picture is the Arrows A8 which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1985 and 1986 Formula One seasons. It was powered by the BMW M12 turbocharged engine looked after by Swiss engine guru Heini Mader.
The car made its debut at the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix with drivers Gerhard Berger and Thierry Boutsen. Berger moved to Benetton in 1986 and was replaced by Marc Surer. After the first 5 races Surer was replaced by Christian Danner who drove the remainder of the season.
The A8 placed 8th in the 1985 Constructors’ Championship on 14 points which included a podium finish for Thierry Boutsen at Imola where he placed 3rd but was later moved to 2nd when winner Alain Prost’s McLaren was disqualified for being underweight. This proved to be the A8’s high point as it was never again driven to a podium finish.
Arrows and the ageing A8 could only place 10th in the Constructors’ Championship final standings in 1986 with Christian Danner scoring a point for 6th place at the 1986 Austrian Grand Prix.
While Heini Mader did a good job in maintaining the team’s BMW engines, they lacked the power of the same engines powering the Brabham and later Benetton teams as those particular engines were continually maintained by BMW, giving them access to new parts, information and factory backed development that Mader did not have. This was shown in the results as the Arrows-BMWs rarely out-qualified or out-raced the Brabhams or Benettons.
Well done to : Joe Papp (who’s answer was so comprehensive it is used almost verbatim as the published answer), The 13th Duke and Jim Charlesworth
This week’s question(s):
This week we don’t have a false-color picture, mainly because the Hippo’s fingers are way too thick to operate a graphics program. Instead we’ll do a little association game. Which team ran a car that looked like that:
When and how long did they run it, with which drivers and who came up with the idea?
Please provide your answers in the field below.