F1 Teams of the Past – Zakspeed

Zakspeed were a Formula One team from 1985 to 1989.  They were predominantly a touring car team that was founded in 1968, but branched out to Formula One with their own car/engine package in 1985.

Making their debut in the 85 Portuguese Grand Prix with a single car outfit for Jonathan Palmer, they went on to compete in 74 events, however towards the end of their F1 life, they failed to qualify more often than they did qualify, even with the Yamaha engine they had to use in 1989 because the turbo engines they made were outlawed.

They scored only two points in their F1 lifetime through Martin Brundle in the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix, and once the 1989 season ended, they left F1 and returned to the Touring Car scene.

Zakspeed 1

1985
Jonathan Palmer – British.  8 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Monaco
Christian Danner – German.  2 Starts, 0 Points, Did Not Finish Either Race.

1986
Jonathan Palmer – British. 16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Detroit
Huub Rothengatter – Dutch. 11 Starts, 2 DNS, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Austria

1987
Martin Brundle – British.  16 Starts, 1 DQ, 2 Points, Best Finish 5th in San Marino
Christian Danner – German.  15 Starts, 1 Exclusion, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in San Marino and Australia

1988
Bernd Schneider – German.  6 Starts, 9 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in Germany
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian.  8 Starts, 7 DNQ, 1 Exclusion, 0 Points, Best Finish 14th in Canada and Germany

1989
Bernd Schneider – German.  2 Starts, 14 DNPQ, 0 Points, Did Not Finish Either Race.
Aguri Suzuki – Japanese.  0 Starts, 16 DNPQ, 0 Points.

Zakspeed 2

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