The Tyrrell 025 was the car the Tyrrell Formula One team used to compete in the 1997 Formula One season. It was driven by Mika Salo, who was in his third season with the team, and Jos Verstappen, who moved from Footwork.
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Suspension (front)||double wishbones, pushrod, twin damper|
|Suspension (rear)||double wishbones, pushrod, twin damper|
|Engine||Ford ED4 & ED5 75-degree V8s|
|Transmission||Tyrrell six-speed longitudinal sequential semi-automatic|
|Notable entrants||PIAA Tyrrell Ford|
|Notable drivers||18. Jos Verstappen|
19. Mika Salo
|Debut||1997 Australian Grand Prix|
As ever, the team used a fair degree of technical innovation. The 025 enschewed a double support front wing for a single plane unit aimed at cleaning up airflow under the car. On high-downforce circuits (such as Monaco), two additional wings were installed on either side of the cockpit. To distinguish between the drivers, Verstappen's were painted yellow and Salo's dark orange. These "X-wings" would be banned during 1998 after safety concerns in the pitlane, by which point other teams had begun using them.
The year was largely disappointing for the team. The chassis was well-balanced, the drivers were quick and the strategy was good but the increase in competitiveness in the sport saw them restricted to a battle with fellow V8 runner Minardi for much of the season. The team's frustration came from the cars often being closer in terms of raw pace to the front-runners than in 1996, but further away on the grid and in the race results.
The team's two points came from an inventive non-stop run from Salo at the 1997 Monaco Grand Prix to finish fifth, despite a damaged front wing. They would prove to be Tyrrell's last points in F1, as Ken Tyrrell sold the team to the fledgling British American Racing team before the 1999 season began. Paul Stoddart, later owner of Minardi, became one of the principal sponsors. He almost bought the team and indeed had offered Ken Tyrrell a three year plan to completely overhaul the team's technical department which included an in-house wind tunnel and use of his European Aviation company's aircraft for the team's transportation but the deal with BAR had already been done.
The team eventually finished tenth in the Constructors' Championship, thanks to the two points earned by Salo at Monaco.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
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