F1 Teams of the Past – Simtek

Simtek were a Formula One team that competed in 20 races from 1994 to the Monaco Grand Prix of 1995, after which they folded due to lack of funding.  Nick Wirth took the decision in 1993 to enter F1 with the team, having previously set up Simtek Research with Max Mosley in 1989.  Wirth signed Australian David Brabham, son of legendary Jack Brabham, as his lead driver for 1994, and signed a sponsorship deal with MTV and an engine deal with Ford.

Brabham’s teammate initially was Austrian Roland Ratzenberger, but a crash at the Villeneuve Curve during the dark weekend at Imola cost Ratzenberger his life, the first fatal accident in an F1 weekend for 12 years.  Brabham raced on bravely that weekend, with the words ‘For Roland’ on the airbox of his car.   Throughout the rest of the season, the drive was shared out by Italians Andrea Montermini and Domenico Schiattarella, Frenchman Jean-Marc Gounon, and Japanese driver Taki Inoue.

No points were scored, and heading into 1995, finances were bad, and Dutchman Jos Verstappen and Schiattarella were left without a drive after the fifth round of the season in Monaco, after which, still point-less, the team and Simtek Research disappeared.

1994David Brabham

1994
David Brabham – Australia – 16 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Hungary
Roland Ratzenberger – Austria – 1 Start, 1 DNS, 1 DNQ, Best Finish 11th in Pacific
Andrea Montermini – Italy – 0 Starts, 1 DNQ
Jean-Marc Gounon – France – 7 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in France
Domenico Schiattarella – Italy – 2 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 19th in Europe
Taki Inoue – Japan – 1 Start, 0 Points, Did Not Finish his 1 Start

1995
Domenico Schiattarella – Italy – 4 Starts, 1 DNS, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in Argentina
Jos Verstappen – Netherlands – 5 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in Spain

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