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The Tyrrell 026 was the car with which the Tyrrell Formula One team competed in the 1998 Formula One season, it was the last Tyrrell car to compete in F1. It was driven by Ricardo Rosset and rookie Toranosuke Takagi.

Tyrrell 026
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Toranosuke Takagi driving the Tyrrell 026 at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix.
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorTyrrell
Designer(s)Harvey Postlethwaite
Predecessor025
SuccessorBAR 01
Technical specifications
Chassiscarbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)double wishbones, pushrod, horizontal coil-spring/damper
Suspension (rear)double wishbones, pushrod, horizontal coil-spring/damper
EngineFord Zetec-R 72-degree V10
TransmissionTyrrell six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelElf
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsPIAA Tyrrell
Notable drivers20. Brazil Ricardo Rosset
21. Japan Toranosuke Takagi
Debut1998 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

This was Tyrrell's last year in F1, as Ken Tyrrell had sold the team to British American Racing prior to the first race. Indeed, Tyrrell left the team soon afterwards in anger, after Rosset was chosen to drive alongside Takagi, rather than 1997 Tyrrell driver Jos Verstappen. The team had a V10 engine and a reasonable chassis, but the season was seen as a holding year before BAR took over in 1999. The team was also disadvantaged by having an over-eager rookie in Takagi, who nevertheless showed flashes of potential, and Rosset, who proved to be too slow.

The team was unclassified in the 11th Constructors' Championship, with no points but behind Minardi due to the Italian team having a better finishing record.

Current locationsEdit

The two Tyrrells raced by Takagi and Rosset are currently[when?] owned by Dutchman Frits van Eerd. He races the cars in the EuroBOSS series.

The design of the 026 also formed the basis for Paul Stoddart's fleet of 2 seat F1 cars, constructed during his time as the owner of the Minardi team.[citation needed]

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1998 PIAA Tyrrell Ford V10 G AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 0 NC
Ricardo Rosset Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ DNS 12 Ret DNQ
Toranosuke Takagi Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret

ReferencesEdit

  • Henry, Alan (ed.) (1998). Autocourse 1998–99. Hazleton Publishing. ISBN 1874557438.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)