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Formula One Ferraris – Goodwood Festival Of Speed

In the final look at Ferarri’s at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed today I’ll be looking at the Formula One cars which covered the 15 year period between 1975 and 1990.

Ferrari 641, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

In reverse order, Ferrari managed to lure Alan Prost away from McLaren to join Nigel Mansell and drove the Enrique Scalabroni and Steve nichols designed 641 to five victories, to Nigels one, and second place in the World Drivers and Manufacturers Championship after an alleged rival settled the outcome of the drivers championship by deliberately punting Alain into a gravel trap in the first corner on the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ferrari 126 CK, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

Gilles Villeneuve drove the Ferrari 126 CK chassis #052 seen above to two of the most memorable consecutive Grand Prix victories I have ever seen at the 1981 Monaco and Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari 312 T5, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

A year earlier Gilles and team mate reigning champion Jody Scheckter struggled with the normally aspirated Ferrari 312 T5, Gilles drove chassis #048 seen above to a sixth place finish in the German Grand Prix which was one of just five points scoring finishes for the team in 1980…

Ferrari 312 T5, Rick Hall, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

… while chassis #042, seen with Rick Hall at the wheel above, was raced twice by Jody and once by Gilles during 1980 and failed to finish on each occasion.

Renault RS10, Ferrari T4, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

One of the highlights of the 1979 season was Gilles epic dice with René Arnoux for 2nd place in the closing stages of the French Grand Prix, Gilles drove the 312 T4 chassis #041 and René the Renault RS10 chassis #RS10/03 both of which are seen above.

Ferrari 312 T, Rob Hall, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Finally in forty years ago Niki Lauda finally delivered the World Drivers and Manufacturers championships, for the first time since 1964, ably backed up by Clay Regazzoni driving the Ferrari 312 T, chassis #024 seen above being driven by Rob Hallwas driven to victory by Clay Regazzoni in the 1975 Italian Grand Prix and on it’s final appearance at the 1976 US Grand Prix West.

Thanks for joining me on this “Formula One Ferraris” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at the last of a series of Formula Junior open wheelers. Don’t forget to come back now !


Losing Momentum – Ferrari 126C3 #066

Entering the final two races of the 1983 World Championshp season Alain Prost driving for Renault had 51 points, René Arnoux seen here in the #28 Ferrari had 49 points and Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham had 47 points. Of the three René had all the momentum with him coming off a four race streak which included 2 wins in Germany and Holland driving chassis #066 seen here and 2nd places in Austria and Italy.

Ferrari 126 C3, European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch

At the European Grand Prix held at Brands Hatch Piquet qualified 4th, Arnoux, seen during qualifying above and below, 5th and Prost 8th. The race was won by Piquet now with 56 points, Prost came home 2nd bringing his total to 57 points while René failed to score with a 9th place finish. At the final race of the season Piquet secured his second championship with a third place finish while Prost and Arnoux both lost all momentum and recorded retirements.

Ferrari 126 C3, European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch

Ferrari easily won the constructors championship thanks largely to the woe full finishing record the 2nd drivers employed by Renault and Brabham who both scored more retirements than finishes through the course of the season while Ferrari’s nominal number 1 driver Patrick Tambay managed to win one race and secure 8 points paying finishes.

My memory of this event was that I started the week sunning myself by the Tyrrhenian Sea south of Naples in Italy and hitched hiked back to the UK via Wolfsburg in Northern Germany. I caught a train for the last part of the journey to Belgium which broke down meaning I missed my pre booked ferry and had to borrow the ferry fare from an incredibly cute girl from Nottingham. The ferry we caught was then trapped in a storm and instead of crossing the English channel it anchored off the Belgium coast until the storm blew itself out.

I made it back to the UK just in time to catch a nights rest before spending 6 hours in a 20 mile traffic jam trying to get into Brands Hatch, missing morning practice completely but just catching the last half hour of the final practice session when I took today’s photographs.

Thanks for joining me on this ‘Losing Momentum