F1 Teams of the Past – Osella & Fondmetal

Osella were a Formula One team from 1980 to 1990, while Fondmetal were a team in 1991 and 1992 after Gabriele Rumi bought out Osella. Osella raced in 132 races, scoring five points, while Fondmetal competed in 29, but failed to score a single point. Jean-Pierre Jarier scored Osella’s first points, with a fourth place finish in the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix, while Piercarlo Ghinzani scored a fifth place finish in the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix.

Osella began life in F1 in 1980, with Eddie Cheever behind the wheel. They lost promising Italian Riccardo Paletti in a horrific accident at the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix. Towards the end of their existence, it was a struggle even to qualify, though Nicola Larini did put in some good performances, most noticeably in the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix when he retired with mechanical issues while running an excellent third.

Fondmetal took over from Osella for the 1991 and 1992 seasons, first off with Frenchman Olivier Grouillard, and then with Italian Gabriele Tarquini and Swiss driver Andrea Chiesa. Much like the end of Osella’s lifetime, Fondmetal struggled, with the team failing to qualify more times than they qualified, and when they did qualify, they only saw the chequered flag on five occasions.

Osella 1

Osella
1980
Eddie Cheever – American – 10 Starts, 4 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in Italy

1981
Miguel Angel Guerra – Argentine – 1 Start, 3 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Did Not Finish only start
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 1 Start, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Belgium
Giorgio Francia – Italian – 0 Starts, 1 DNQ
Jean-Pierre Jarier – French – 7 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Germany and Austria
Beppe Gabbiani – Italian – 3 Starts, 12 DNQ’s, Did Not Finish any starts

1982
Jean-Pierre Jarier – French – 13 Starts, 2 DNQ’s, 3 Points, Best Finish 4th in San Marino
Riccardo Paletti – Italian – 2 Starts, 1 DNS, 2 DNQ’s, 3 DNPQ’s, Did Not Finish any starts

1983
Corrado Fabi – Italian – 10 Starts, 5 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Austria
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 7 Starts, 8 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Austria

1984
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 14 Starts, 1 DNS, 1 DNQ, 2 Points, Best Finish 5th in Dallas
Jo Gartner – Austrian – 8 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 5th in Italy*
*Driver ineligible for points

1985
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 7 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in Portugal
Huub Rothengatter – Dutch – 7 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Australia

1986
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 15 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Austria
Christian Danner – German – 5 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Did Not Finish any starts
Allen Berg – Canadian – 9 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in Germany
Alex Caffi – Italian – 1 Start, 0 Points, Best Finish not classfied in Italy

1987
Alex Caffi – Italian – 14 Starts, 2 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in San Marino
Gabriele Tarquini – Italian – 1 Start, 0 Points, Did Not Finish only start
Franco Forini – Swiss – 2 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Did Not Finish any starts

1988
Nicola Larini – Italian – 11 Starts, 1 DQ, 3 DNQ’s, 2 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in Monaco

1989
Nicola Larini – Italian – 8 Starts, 1 DQ, 8 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in San Marino
Piercarlo Ghinzani – Italian – 3 Starts, 13 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Did Not Finish any starts

1990
Olivier Grouillard – French – 9 Starts, 5 DNQ’s, 2 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Canada and Australia

Osella 2

Fondmetal
1991
Olivier Grouillard – French – 4 Starts, 1 DNQ, 8 DNPQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Belgium
Gabriele Tarquini – Italian – 2 Starts, 1 DNPQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Japan

1992
Gabriele Tarquini – Italian – 13 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 14th in Great Britain
Andrea Chiesa – Swiss – 3 Starts, 7 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Did Not Finish any starts
Eric van der Poele – Belgian – 3 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Belgium

Fondmetal

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