The Footwork FA17 was the car with which the Footwork team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by Jos Verstappen, who moved from Simtek, and Ricardo Rosset, who graduated from Formula 3000.
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Suspension (front)||pushrod, wishbones|
|Suspension (rear)||pushrod, wishbones|
|Engine||Hart 830 72-degree V8|
|Transmission||Arrows six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic|
|Notable entrants||Footwork Hart|
|Notable drivers||16. Ricardo Rosset|
17. Jos Verstappen
|Debut||1996 Australian Grand Prix|
Footwork was bought by Tom Walkinshaw from one of the Arrows team's original founders, Jackie Oliver, early in the season. 1996 thus became a write-off as the team's focus switched to 1997. This was something of a disappointment, since the FA17 was competitive at the start of the year in the hands of Jos Verstappen. Technical director Alan Jenkins left early on in the season bound for Stewart. Walkinshaw replaced him with Frank Dernie, who moved from Ligier along with Walkinshaw. The lack of development and the lack of power from the Hart V8 engine saw the team slip to the back of the grid by season's end. Hart had planned to build a V10 unit but did not have sufficient funds. Progress was further hampered by the team's testing contract with Bridgestone; the Japanese tyre supplier preparing for entry into F1 in 1997. The FA17 was the first Arrows driven by Damon Hill upon his signing for the team ahead of the 1997 season.
Throughout the season, Verstappen proved to be very much the faster Footwork driver, but his reliability record was poor, only finishing a single race in the first half of the season (at Buenos Aires, where he finished sixth). He suffered numerous mechanical failures, including a sticking throttle which caused a huge accident at Spa which left him with permanent neck injuries. He also caused a major scare at Imola when he left a pit stop early and ripped the fuel hose from its tank, covering the garage with flammable fuel. By contrast, Rosset was surprisingly steady for a rookie driver, finishing half the races, but was noticeably slower than his teammate. Ultimately, neither driver was retained for 1997; World Champion Damon Hill made the surprising decision to join the team after being dumped by Williams, and Pedro Diniz with his sponsorship money was chosen to be his number two.
The team eventually finished ninth in the Constructors' Championship, with one point.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
|1996||Footwork Hart||Hart V8||G||AUS||BRA||ARG||EUR||SMR||MON||ESP||CAN||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||POR||JPN||1||9th|
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