F1 Teams of the Past – Arrows/Footwork

Arrows Grand Prix International were a Formula One team that competed in 368 races between 1978 and 2002.  Between 1991 and 1996 they were renamed as the Footwork team, before resuming the Arrows name in 1997.  Despite racing for 24 years, the team never reached the top step of the podium, the closest they came being Damon Hill’s heart-breaking last lap demotion to P2 in the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix after dominating the race.

They debuted in the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix, and their final race was the 2002 German Grand Prix, after which they ran out of money and disappeared from the F1 paddock.  They had one pole position in their lifetime at the 1981 Grand Prix at Long Beach with Riccardo Patrese, but unfortunately he went onto retire during that event.  Their most competitive season in F1 was in 1988 with the Megatron turbo engine powering its cars, and Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever took the team to P5 in the constructors championship.

Footwork Express Co. Limited boss Wataru Ohashi invested in the team and renamed them Footwork during the 1991 season before withdrawing at the end of 1996.  Throughout his reign as boss, Jackie Oliver retained operational control of the outfit.  Tom Walkinshaw took over from 1997 and hired then World Champion Damon Hill as their lead driver.  However results were poor and Hill left at the end of the year.  Arrows were never truly competitive again, occasionally fighting for minor points placings in their final years.

Arrows 1

1978
Riccardo Patrese – Italian. 14 Starts, 1 Exclusion, 11 Points, Best Finish 2nd in Sweden.
Rolf Stommelen – German. 9 Starts, 1 DNQ, 4 DNPQ, 1 DQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in South Africa and Long Beach.

1979
Riccardo Patrese – Italian. 14 Starts, 1 DNS, 2 Points, Best Finish 5th in Belgium.
Jochen Mass – German. 13 Starts, 2 DNQ’s, 3 Points, Best Finish 6th in Monaco, Germany & the Netherlands.

1980
Riccardo Patrese – Italian.  14 Starts, 7 Points, Best Finish 2nd in Long Beach.
Jochen Mass – German.  11 Starts, 1 DNQ, 4 Points, Best Finish 4th in Monaco.
Mike Thackwell – New Zealander.  0 Starts, 1 DNQ.
Manfred Winkelhock – German. 0 Starts, 1 DNQ.

1981
Riccardo Patrese – Italian.  15 Starts, 10 Points, Best Finish 2nd in San Marino.
Siegfried Stohr – Italian.  9 Starts, 4 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in the Netherlands.
Jacques Villeneuve Senior – Canadian.  0 Starts, 2 DNQ’s.

1982
Brian Henton – British. 1 Start, 2 DNQ’s, Did Not Finish his one start.
Marc Surer – Swiss.  12 Starts, 1 Withdrawn, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in Canada.
Mauro Baldi – Italian.  11 Starts, 4 DNQ’s, 1 Withdrawn, 2 Points, Best Finish 6th in the Netherlands and Austria.

Arrows 5

1983
Marc Surer – Swiss.  15 Starts, 4 Points, Best Finish 5th in Long Beach.
Chico Serra – Brazilian.  4 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Monaco.
Alan Jones – Australian.  1 Start, Did Not Finish his one start.
Thierry Boutsen – Belgian.  10 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Detroit and Canada.

1984
Marc Surer – Swiss.  15 Starts, 1 DNQ, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Austria.
Thierry Boutsen – Belgian.  15 Starts, 1 DNQ, 5 Points, Best Finish 5th in San Marino and Austria.

1985
Gerhard Berger – Austrian.  16 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in South Africa.
Thierry Boutsen – Belgian.  16 Starts, 11 Points, Best Finish 2nd in San Marino.

1986
Marc Surer – Swiss.  5 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in San Marino, Monaco and Belgium.
Christian Danner – German.  10 Starts, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Austria.
Thierry Boutsen – Belgian.  16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Spain, San Marino and Italy.

1987
Derek Warwick – British.  16 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in Britain.
Eddie Cheever – American.  16 Starts, 8 Points, Best Finish 4th in Belgium and Mexico.

Arrows 2

1988
Derek Warwick – British.  16 Starts, 17 Points, Best Finish 4th in Brazil, Monaco, Italy and Portugal.
Eddie Cheever – American.  16 Starts, 6 Points, Best Finish 3rd in Italy.

1989
Derek Warwick – British.  15 Starts, 7 Points, Best Finish 5th in Brazil and San Marino.
Martin Donnelly – British.  1 Start, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in France.
Eddie Cheever – American.  16 Starts, 6 Points, Best Finish 3rd in United States.

1990
Michele Alboreto – Italian.  13 Starts, 3 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in Portugal.
Bernd Schneider – German.  1 Start, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in United States.
Alex Caffi – Italian.  11 Starts, 3 DNQ’s, 2 Points, Best Finish 5th in Monaco.

1991
Alex Caffi – Italian.  2 Starts, 5 DNQ’s, 5 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Japan.
Stefan Johansson – Swedish.  1 Start, 3 DNQ’s, Did not Finish his one start.
Michele Alboreto – Italian.  9 Starts, 6 DNQ’s, 1 DNPQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Australia.

1992
Michele Alboreto – Italian.  16 Starts, 6 Points, Best Finish 5th in Spain and San Marino.
Aguri Suzuki – Japanese.  14 Starts, 2 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Spain.

Arrows 6

1993
Derek Warwick – British.  16 Starts, 4 Points, Best Finish 4th in Hungary.
Aguri Suzuki – Japanese.  16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Australia.

1994
Christian Fittipaldi – Brazilian.  16 Starts, 1 DQ, 6 Points, Best Finish 4th in Aida and Germany.
Gianni Morbidelli – Italian.  16 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in Germany.

1995
Gianni Morbidelli – Italian.  10 Starts, 5 Points, Best Finish 3rd in Australia.
Max Papis – Italian.  7 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Italy.
Taki Inoue – Japanese.  17 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Italy.

1996
Ricardo Rosset – Brazilian.  16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Hungary.
Jos Verstappen – Dutch.  16 Starts, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Argentina.

1997
Damon Hill – British.  16 Starts, 1 DNS, 7 Points, Best Finish 2nd in Hungary.
Pedro Diniz – Brazilian.  17 Starts, 2 Points, Best Finish 5th in Luxembourg.

Arrows 3

1998
Pedro Diniz – Brazilian.  16 Starts, 3 Points, Best Finish 5th in Belgium.
Mika Salo – Finnish.  15 Starts, 1 DNS, 3 Points, Best Finish 4th in Monaco.

1999
Pedro de la Rosa – Spanish.  16 Starts, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Australia.
Toranosuke Takagi – Japanese.  16 Starts, 1 DQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Australia.

2000
Pedro de la Rosa – Spanish.  17 Starts, 2 Points, Best Finish 6th in Europe and Germany.
Jos Verstappen – Dutch.  17 Starts, 5 Points, Best Finish 4th in Italy.

2001
Jos Verstappen – Dutch.  17 Starts, 1 Point, Best Finish 6th in Austria.
Enrique Bernoldi – Brazilian.  17 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Germany.

2002
Heinz-Harald Frentzen – German.  11 Starts, 1 DNQ, 1 DQ, 2 Points, Best Finish 6th in Spain and Monaco.
Enrique Bernoldi – Brazilian.  11 Starts, 1 DNQ, 1 DQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Europe

Arrows 4

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