First Racing

First Racing (sometimes written as FIRST Racing) was an Italian motor racing team founded by Lamberto Leoni, which competed in International Formula 3000 from 1987 to 1991 and the Italian Formula 3 Championship in 1990. The team built a car for entry into the 1989 Formula One series, designed by Richard Divila,[1] and powered by a Judd V8 engine. Italian Gabriele Tarquini was signed to drive the lone entry, giving it a run at the 1989 Attilio Bettega Memorial event in Bologna [2] and the Formula One Indoor Trophy. However, the chassis itself was poorly manufactured due to a temperature mistake in the autoclave, with the result that a second chassis had to be re-commissioned.[3] Having realized that the delay would cost the team a penalty for missing the first two races of the season, Divila and his engineers tried to reinforce the chassis with injections of a material called Redus 410 NA.[4] Although the car passed the mandatory FIA pre-season crash test in Cranfield, it was now significantly overweight. Divila himself claimed that the car as it was, was good for nothing but being "an interesting flowerpot".[5][6] Faced with the perspective of racing an uncompetitive car in a packed field (the 1989 Formula One World Championship counted over forty participants with pre-qualifying sessions), Leoni decided to withdrew before the opening Brazilian Grand Prix and concentrate his efforts on the Formula 3000 season; the effort lasted until 1991.

Italy First Racing
Founded1969
Founder(s)Lamberto Leoni
Folded1991
Team principal(s)Lamberto Leoni
Former seriesEuropean F2
International Formula 3000
Noted driversItaly Marco Apicella
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi
France Éric Hélary
Italy Lamberto Leoni
Italy Pierluigi Martini
Italy Gabriele Tarquini
BrazilMarco Greco Switzerland Jean-Denis Delétraz
The Life L190 which was initially developed by FIRST in 1989
The FIRST Racing Team F3000 classic livery. Marco Apicella at the wheel of a Reynard 89D-Judd
Fabrizio Bettini driving the FIRST Racing Team Reynard 903 in Misano, 1990 Italian Formula 3

The second chassis commissioned by Leoni would be later purchased by Ernesto Vita and used in the 1990 for his Life L190.

Competition recordEdit

Complete Formula 3000 resultsEdit

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result
Year Name Country Place Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1987 Gabriele Tarquini   Italy = 8th March Ford Cosworth 9 10 9 R 11 12 5 R11 15 19 7 3 18 17 7 14 8 2 19 5 4 R
1987 Lamberto Leoni   Italy = 8th March Ford Cosworth 18 8 8 8 25 13 18 6 6 R 10 5 17 11 18 R
March Judd 9 4 12 4 17 4
1987 Beppe Gabbiani   Italy NC March Ford Cosworth - - 20 12 19 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1987 Claudio Langes   Italy NC March Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 20 R 21 R 24 10 - - - - 15 R
1987 Alain Ferté   France NC March Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 R - -
1988 Pierluigi Martini   Italy 4th March Judd 17 8 16 11 4 3 7 10 6 R 2 1 3 2 4 3 - - 10 R 12 10
1988 Marco Apicella   Italy 11th March Judd 20 13 7 7 17 5 6 6 3 2 7 R 18 R 5 R 11 R 21 R 15 R
1988 Alain Ferté   France NC March Judd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 12 - - - -
1989 Marco Apicella   Italy 4th March Judd 13 8
Reynard Judd 2 R 1 2 5 3 5 4 12 R 2 2 8 3 8 R 9 R
1989 Fabrizio Giovanardi   Italy 10th March Judd 28 NQ 7 1
Reynard Judd 6 R 21 14 12 R 29 NQ 21 NS 26 13 28 NQ 20 12
1989 Jean-Denis Delétraz    Switzerland NC March Judd 26 14 19 R 16 R 25 15
Reynard Judd 18 R 15 R 13 12 27 NQ 15 R 12 9
1990 Marco Apicella   Italy 6th Reynard Mugen Honda 3 13 6 3 3 R 2 2 7 5 2 R 2 2 5 DIS(3) 1 R 5 R 11 5
1990 Fabrizio Giovanardi   Italy 10th Reynard Mugen Honda 16 R 10 R 2 2 13 6 21 10 15 6 13 7 19 R 18 5 18 R 10 R
1990 Jean-Denis Délétraz    Switzerland NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 7 31 NQ 18 R 27 NQ 25 R - - - - - - - - - - - -
1990 Marco Greco   Brazil NC Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 NQ 32 NQ
1991 Éric Hélary   France 8th † Reynard Ford Cosworth 14 11 7 3 16 R 17 R16 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Michael Bartels   Germany NC Reynard Ford Cosworth - 11 8 10 R 14 15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Giovanni Bonanno   Italy NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 22 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Jean-Denis Délétraz    Switzerland NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 NS 24 NQ 13 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Éric Hélary finished season with Cobra Racing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Richard Divila Profile". Grandprix.com. Inside F1. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Bologna Sprint". Silhouette.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ Mario Donnini, "First 189 F. 1: Inverno di ristallo', Autosprint, no. 19, 12–18 May 2020
  4. ^ Mario Donnini, "First 189 F. 1: Inverno di ristallo', Autosprint, no. 19, 12–18 May 2020
  5. ^ "Teams that barely existed". F1 Database. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Life team profile". F1Rejects.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2016.