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Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 14 May 2020, 16:46
by BassTrombone
1995 Portuguese Grand Prix

Benetton have now won 5 races in a row and they only need 7 more points to win the Constructors' Championship. In other words, it looks like they will have something to celebrate this week-end, or will we see a big surprise? And how will the battle between their two drivers continue, now Schumacher is only 2 points adrift?


Qualifying

Benetton took another big step to secure the constructors' title by locking out the front row. Once again, it was Schumacher who took pole position. The Williams team did a lot better than in Italy, with Coulthard in 3rd and Hill in 5th. Hakkinen split the duo by qualifying in 4th. Berger and Alesi were close together on 6th and 7th, while Martin Brundle had another impressive qualifying and put his Ligier on 8th.

Jordan's lack of in-season development really showed as Irvine and Barrichello only managed 12th and 13th. Moreno did well to qualify on the 11th row once again. Pacific's new driver, Jean-Denis Délétraz appeared no improvement over Lavaggi, as he was well off the pace of his team mate.

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³                                                                ³
³Pole                1                                           ³
³           Michael Schumacher                                   ³
³               1m 20.602s                   2                   ³
³                                     Johnny Herbert             ³
³Row 2               3                  1m 20.726s               ³
³             David Coulthard                                    ³
³               1m 20.824s                   4                   ³
³                                      Mika Hakkinen             ³
³Row 3               5                  1m 21.044s               ³
³               Damon Hill                                       ³
³               1m 21.187s                   6                   ³
³                                     Gerhard Berger             ³
³Row 4               7                  1m 21.448s               ³
³               Jean Alesi                                       ³
³               1m 21.470s                   8                   ³
³                                     Martin Brundle             ³
³Row 5               9                  1m 21.478s               ³
³          Heinz-Harald Frentzen                                 ³
³               1m 21.484s                  10                   ³
³                                      Mark Blundell             ³
³Row 6              11                  1m 21.551s               ³
³              Olivier Panis                                     ³
³               1m 21.583s                  12                   ³
³                                      Eddie Irvine              ³
³Row 7              13                  1m 21.649s               ³
³           Rubens Barrichello                                   ³
³               1m 21.848s                  14                   ³
³                                      Ukyo Katayama             ³
³Row 8              15                  1m 21.957s               ³
³               Luca Badoer                                      ³
³               1m 23.090s                  16                   ³
³                                        Mika Salo               ³
³Row 9              17                  1m 23.207s               ³
³               Pedro Lamy                                       ³
³               1m 23.259s                  18                   ³
³                                     Karl Wendlinger            ³
³Row 10             19                  1m 23.349s               ³
³             Jos Verstappen                                     ³
³               1m 23.351s                  20                   ³
³                                    Massimilano Papis           ³
³Row 11             21                  1m 23.729s               ³
³         Domenico Schiattarella                                 ³
³               1m 24.881s                  22                   ³
³                                     Roberto Moreno             ³
³Row 12             23                  1m 25.659s               ³
³             Nathan van Dijk                                    ³
³               1m 25.832s                  24                   ³
³                                       Taki Inoue               ³
³Row 13             25                  1m 25.894s               ³
³            Andrea Montermini                                   ³
³               1m 26.373s                  26                   ³
³                                    Jean-Denis Délétraz         ³
³                                       1m 27.693s               ³
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Race

Michael Schumacher had a great start and created a gap to his chasers right away. Herbert and Coulthard also kept their places, while the Ferraris had a good start. Berger and Alesi moved up to 4th and 5th, followed by Mika Hakkinen. The first laps were rather uneventful, until Johnny Herbert locked his brakes into the Esses. The Briton ended in the gravel trap and although he could resume his race, he dropped all the way back to 22nd. Mika Hakkinen had another frustrating race as well, since he was forced to retire with mechanical issues once again; this time as soon as lap 10.

Jean Alesi passed his team mate Berger for 4th place in lap 11, but things would get worse for the Austrian a lap later. He ran wide in the Esses and lost 4 more places. Alesi then was the first driver to make a pit stop. He came into the pits as early as lap 18, rejoining in 8th position, just in front of Herbert who was recovering quickly. The other stops followed in the next laps; most remakable was that Damon Hill had lost a place to Jean Alesi, whose undercut strategy seemed to work as planned.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was driving in an excellent 5th position at this moment, having benefitted from the mistakes and mechanical issues at the top teams. Frentzen would get himself into trouble, however, as he spun in lap 32, damaging his front wing in the process. Not only had he lost time in the gravel trap, he also needed an extra stop for repairs and his chance of a good result was wasted.

Alesi's second stop came in lap 37 and at that moment, it was clear that he was the only driver on a three-stop strategy. He came out of the pits just behind Gerhard Berger and Johnny Herbert. Herbert overtook Berger a lap later and Alesi followed within a few corners. It took Alesi just one lap before he caught Herbert as well with a particularly brave more in Parabolica Interior.

The second round of pit stops did not bring any position changes, but Alesi's 3rd stop dropped him back to 5th place. He did start chasing Johnny Herbert's 4th position and closed the gap quite quickly, but it was not enough to catch him before the end of the race. Meanwhile, Nathan van Dijk would again not finish the race after he had been running close to Schiattarella for most of the race. He had looked faster than his team mate, Inoue and both Pacifics, but an oil leak ended his good run.

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Schumacher dominates the race and takes the championship lead

Michael Schumacher had dominated the race and crossed the finish line in 1st, while Coulthard and Hill made it Williams' first double podium finish of the year so far. It was not enough to keep them in contention for the constructors' championship, though, as Herbert's 4th place made it a total of 13 points for Benetton in this race when they only needed 7 for the title. Nevertheless, Herbert was not in the mood for a party as he lost 7 points to his team mate and title rival, Schumacher. The German had now more points than the Briton for the first time this year. Alesi and Berger finished in 5th and 6th.

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³ Pos   Driver                      Time/Speed     ³
³                                                  ³
³  1st  Michael Schumacher          1h 40m 30.929s ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  2nd  David Coulthard             +19.401s       ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  3rd  Damon Hill                  +41.553s       ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  4th  Johnny Herbert              +55.341s       ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  5th  Jean Alesi                  +57.765s       ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  6th  Gerhard Berger              -1 Lap         ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  7th  Ukyo Katayama               -2 Laps        ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³  8th  Karl Wendlinger             -2 Laps        ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³  9th  Luca Badoer                 -2 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 10th  Domenico Schiattarella      -3 Laps        ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 11th  Massimilano Papis           -4 Laps        ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 12th  Heinz-Harald Frentzen       Transmission   ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³ 13th  Nathan van Dijk             Oil Leak       ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 14th  Jean-Denis Délétraz         Transmission   ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 15th  Mika Salo                   Transmission   ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³ 16th  Rubens Barrichello          Transmission   ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 17th  Olivier Panis               Transmission   ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 18th  Pedro Lamy                  Crash          ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 19th  Eddie Irvine                Transmission   ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 20th  Roberto Moreno              Suspension     ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 21st  Martin Brundle              Suspension     ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 22nd  Andrea Montermini           Transmission   ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 23rd  Taki Inoue                  Water Leak     ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 24th  Mika Hakkinen               Transmission   ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³ 25th  Mark Blundell               Transmission   ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³ 26th  Jos Verstappen              Transmission   ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
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Drivers' championship
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1.  Michael Schumacher    76
2.  Johnny Herbert        71
3.  David Coulthard       47
4.  Gerhard Berger        31
5.  Jean Alesi            27
6.  Damon Hill            24
7.  Eddie Irvine          16
8.  Mika Hakkinen         10
9.  Rubens Barrichello     7
10. Karl Wendlinger        7
11. Olivier Panis          7
12. Heinz-Harald Frentzen  6
13. Nigel Mansell          5
14. Luca Badoer            2
15. Jos Verstappen         1
16. Martin Brundle         1



Constructors' championship
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1.  Benetton-Renault     147
2.  Williams-Renault      71
3.  Ferrari               58
4.  Jordan-Peugeot        23
5.  McLaren-Mercedes      15
6.  Sauber-Ford           13
7.  Ligier-Mugen Honda     8
8.  Minardi-Ford           2
9.  Simtek-Ford            1

Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 16 May 2020, 13:22
by BassTrombone
1995 European Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher had the momentum coming to his second home Grand Prix on the Nürburgring. Johnny Herbert will be more than eager to outscore him after the German's hattrick of wins. The other teams will be looking to break Benetton's streak of wins. Will Williams and Ferrari be able to finally win another race?


Qualifying

Mika Hakkinen took surprisingly his second pole position of the season. Coulthard kept his last hope of title contention alive by joining the Finn on the front row. Schumacher beat his team mate by qualifying in 3rd, while Herbert only managed 5th; Damon Hill split the two Benettons. Alesi completed the top six, with an impressive Heinz-Harald Frentzen right behind him. Nathan van Dijk had a good qualifying as well, beating his team mate by 0.3 s to get the 22nd grid slot; his best performance of the year.

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³Pole                1                                           ³
³              Mika Hakkinen                                     ³
³               1m 23.008s                   2                   ³
³                                     David Coulthard            ³
³Row 2               3                  1m 23.289s               ³
³           Michael Schumacher                                   ³
³               1m 23.420s                   4                   ³
³                                       Damon Hill               ³
³Row 3               5                  1m 23.438s               ³
³             Johnny Herbert                                     ³
³               1m 23.517s                   6                   ³
³                                       Jean Alesi               ³
³Row 4               7                  1m 23.672s               ³
³          Heinz-Harald Frentzen                                 ³
³               1m 23.721s                   8                   ³
³                                      Eddie Irvine              ³
³Row 5               9                  1m 23.775s               ³
³             Gerhard Berger                                     ³
³               1m 23.877s                  10                   ³
³                                      Mark Blundell             ³
³Row 6              11                  1m 23.907s               ³
³             Martin Brundle                                     ³
³               1m 23.998s                  12                   ³
³                                      Olivier Panis             ³
³Row 7              13                  1m 24.170s               ³
³           Rubens Barrichello                                   ³
³               1m 24.332s                  14                   ³
³                                      Ukyo Katayama             ³
³Row 8              15                  1m 24.586s               ³
³            Massimilano Papis                                   ³
³               1m 24.783s                  16                   ³
³                                     Karl Wendlinger            ³
³Row 9              17                  1m 25.604s               ³
³               Luca Badoer                                      ³
³               1m 25.827s                  18                   ³
³                                        Mika Salo               ³
³Row 10             19                  1m 26.043s               ³
³             Jos Verstappen                                     ³
³               1m 26.059s                  20                   ³
³                                       Pedro Lamy               ³
³Row 11             21                  1m 26.196s               ³
³         Domenico Schiattarella                                 ³
³               1m 26.970s                  22                   ³
³                                     Nathan van Dijk            ³
³Row 12             23                  1m 27.716s               ³
³             Roberto Moreno                                     ³
³               1m 28.033s                  24                   ³
³                                       Taki Inoue               ³
³Row 13             25                  1m 28.247s               ³
³            Andrea Montermini                                   ³
³               1m 28.829s                  26                   ³
³                                   Jean-Denis Délétraz          ³
³                                       1m 29.971s               ³
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Race

The top 3 got away well, keeping their positions. Jean Alesi had the best start of the whole pack, jumping to 4th place, with Hill and Herbert behind him. Hakkinen would not be in the lead for long, because Coulthard outbraked him into the Veedol chicane before the end of the first lap. Michael Schumacher's pace was also disappointing in the opening stages, as Alesi, Hill and Herbert all got past him in the first 5 laps. He would recover somewhat in the next laps, regaining a position on Herbert in lap 13.

The top 6 all looked to be on a one stop strategy, with Hill being the first of them to come into the pits, in lap 31. Coulthard and Alesi followed a lap later, with Alesi's stop not being fast enough to keep him in front of Hill. The others made their stops without any position changes, although Hakkinen was a lot closer to Coulthard than before the pit stops. The Finn's pace was quicker then Coulthard's as well and the two looked set for an intense battle for the win. Behind them, Schumacher had gained time on Hill and Alesi too. The German improved his championship chances by overtaking Alesi in lap 38 and he continued to close in on Hill.

The battle for the win ended in an anti-climax in lap 47. Martin Brundle's Ligier was running slow in the Castrol-S as he was retiring his car. Coulthard seemed distracted and ran wide, handing the lead to Hakkinen. It soon emerged that it was not Coulthard's mistake, as he had a puncture. The Scot made it back to the pits for a fresh set of tyres, but he rejoined in 7th position, behind Berger. Just one lap later, another shock went through the paddock as Johnny Herbert's engine was on fire. Herbert was forced to retire while he was in 5th position, losing another 2 points for the championship, just after his team mate had gained another position by overtaking Damon Hill.

After those tumultuous laps, Hakkinen was enjoying a comfortable lead over Michael Schumacher and Jean Alesi. David Coulthard was on a charge after his misfortunes and he got swiftly past Berger's Ferrari in lap 52. His lead inheritor, Hakkinen, would undergo a similar fate in lap 53. The Finn was forced to pit with a loose wheel, rejoining the track just in front of Coulthard in 4th place. The crowd certainly did not mind, as their favourite, Schumacher, inherited a comfortable lead.

Hakkinen was the fastest man on track after his stop and he quickly reeled in Alesi's Ferrari. The Finn outbraked the Frenchman in lap 58 and he went on to chase Hill and Schumacher. David Coulthard followed him 2 laps later, also finding a way past Alesi in the Sportwartkurve. Hakkinen was on Damon Hill's tail by now, passing him in the Veedol chicane. The Finn now had a gap of 7 seconds to close to Schumacher in the final 5 laps. While Coulthard got past Hill in the final laps, Hakkinen was closing the gap to the lead at a fast rate. Going into the final lap, the gap was down to just 2 seconds, but the race turned out to be one lap too short for Hakkinen to attack Schumacher.

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Schumacher finishes just in front of Herbert to win his second home race

Schumacher kept calm, did not make any mistakes, and took the win, just 0.7 s in front of Hakkinen. David Coulthard joined them on the podium, while Hill, Alesi and Berger completed the top 6. Nathan van Dijk had driven an excellent race, he battled with Verstappen and showed to be faster than Inoue and his team mate. In the end, it got him a 15th place.

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³ Pos   Driver                      Time/Speed     ³
³                                                  ³
³  1st  Michael Schumacher          1h 35m 11.813s ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  2nd  Mika Hakkinen               +0.768s        ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³  3rd  David Coulthard             +9.752s        ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  4th  Damon Hill                  +13.027s       ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  5th  Jean Alesi                  +16.079s       ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  6th  Gerhard Berger              +28.385s       ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  7th  Heinz-Harald Frentzen       +40.456s       ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³  8th  Eddie Irvine                +43.249s       ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³  9th  Rubens Barrichello          +1m 04.002s    ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 10th  Olivier Panis               -1 Lap         ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 11th  Karl Wendlinger             -1 Lap         ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³ 12th  Luca Badoer                 -2 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 13th  Pedro Lamy                  -2 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 14th  Domenico Schiattarella      -2 Laps        ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 15th  Nathan van Dijk             -3 Laps        ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 16th  Roberto Moreno              -3 Laps        ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 17th  Mark Blundell               Electrical     ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³ 18th  Taki Inoue                  Engine         ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 19th  Johnny Herbert              Oil Leak       ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³ 20th  Martin Brundle              Transmission   ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 21st  Andrea Montermini           Water Leak     ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 22nd  Massimilano Papis           Suspension     ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 23rd  Jos Verstappen              Transmission   ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 24th  Jean-Denis Délétraz         Loose Wheel    ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 25th  Mika Salo                   Engine         ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³ 26th  Ukyo Katayama               Engine         ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
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Post-race Quotes

You have seen it correctly, Grand Prix News' race reports have a new item! From now on, our pit reporters will snatch some quotes from the top-3, as well as from the Dutch drivers, to find out how they feel about their race.

Michael Schumacher (1st): "I know I have been lucky today, but of course I am very happy about the result and I think I extracted the absolute maximum from the car this weekend. We do need to make sure why we are not the fastest team anymore, though."
Mika Hakkinen (2nd): "If you had told me before the weekend that I would be disappointed with 2nd place, I would not have believed you, but it is what it is. At least our speed was very encouraging all week-end, it is just a shame about that small issue which definitely cost me the win."
David Coulthard (3rd): "Too bad about the puncture, it would have been a nice battle with Hakkinen. I am not sure if I would have won, but 2nd was definitely possible today. Still, the car felt good all week-end and I am hopeful for good results in the final 3 races."
Nathan van Dijk (15th): "This might have been my best race week-end in F1 so far! Qualifying was great and I felt great in the race, overtaking Verstappen and Inoue, although later on, Jos was faster. Still, I feel I am still improving race by race."
Jos Verstappen (retired): "It was not our best race here. I do not know why I could not find the pace in the race and it all ended way too soon with a transmission failure. I hope we can do better again in the last races this year."


Drivers' Championship
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1.  Michael Schumacher    86
2.  Johnny Herbert        71
3.  David Coulthard       51
4.  Gerhard Berger        32
5.  Jean Alesi            29
6.  Damon Hill            27
7.  Mika Hakkinen         16
8.  Eddie Irvine          16
9.  Rubens Barrichello     7
10. Karl Wendlinger        7
11. Olivier Panis          7
12. Heinz-Harald Frentzen  6
13. Nigel Mansell          5
14. Luca Badoer            2
15. Jos Verstappen         1
16. Martin Brundle         1



Constructors' Championship
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1.  Benetton-Renault     157
2.  Williams-Renault      78
3.  Ferrari               61
4.  Jordan-Peugeot        23
5.  McLaren-Mercedes      21
6.  Sauber-Ford           13
7.  Ligier-Mugen Honda     8
8.  Minardi-Ford           2
9.  Simtek-Ford            1

Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 16 May 2020, 17:54
by BassTrombone
GRAND PRIX NEWS
Your monthly source for racing news, rumors and stories | Wednesday 4th October, 1995


Can Johnny Still Win It?

After the European Grand Prix, there are only two drivers left who have a mathematical chance of winning the World Drivers' Championship: Benetton team mates Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert. Schumacher's win and Herbert's DNF gave the German a 15 point lead over the Briton. David Coulthard's 3rd place got him on a deficit of 35 points, so with only 3 races to go, he has no chance of winning the title anymore.

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Herbert's misfortune certainly cost him badly and even if he wins all three races from now on, he is not certain to win the championship. Schumacher would do enough if he finishes 2nd twice and 3rd once. Given that Schumacher has not been off the podium since the French GP, it seems reasonable to expect that he is capable of such results. If the German wins one more race, he would need to add no more than 5 points to his tally to make it.

So, what does Herbert need to do to stand a chance? First of all, he will need to beat his team mate and all the others in the next three races. And, as a wise man once said, "To finish first, you first must finish!" Herbert has lost a lot of points in the second half of the season due to mechanical issues, but also due to driver errors. In other words, the second thing the Briton needs to do, is to stop making mistakes. And then, there is a third thing to do: hoping. Herbert will need to hope for other teams to slot in between himself and his team mate, or for Schumacher to get hit by mechanical issues, or for Schumacher to start making mistakes.

So, can Johnny still win it? Maybe, but he will need to beat everyone, he cannot make any more mistakes and he needs to hope for the unlikely...


Teams for Sale

It seems to be a recurring theme in Formula 1: teams in financial trouble. Over the last 5 years, we lost an impressive number of teams: Onyx, EuroBrun, Life, Lambo, AGS, March, Brabham, Fondmetal and Lotus. The teams of Larrousse, Scuderia Italia, Coloni, Osella and Venturi were meanwhile all sold to different owners or merged. Strong rumours are coming from the paddock that more teams will be added to the latter list in the best case, or, in the worst case, to the former.

Firstly, it seems almost certain that Jackie Oliver and Alan Rees, two of the original founders of the Arrows team, will buy out Footwork from the team, renaming it back to its original name. It is no secret that Footwork's financial input to the team has slimmed down significantly. This has been emphasized by the fact that the team needed to hire Papis and Inoue to raise some funds.

Ligier was acquired by Flavio Briatore last year, mainly to secure the Renault engines for his Benetton team. Briatore is looking to sell the French team again now. One of the main candidates to buy it is Tom Walkinshaw's TWR. Walkinshaw is already managing the team on Briatore's behalf, but he is said to be looking to run a team with his own company. Another candidate was Alain Prost, who was looking to set up his own F1 team with backing from French companies. However, Prost has just joined McLaren in an advisory role, so his own team does not seem realistic at this moment.

1994's new teams, Simtek and Pacific, both seem to be struggling as well. Simtek's finances were very tight in the beginning of the year, until they were saved with some good Dutch sponsor deals. It seems likely that those sponsors will follow Verstappen wherever he is going, and it may well not be Simtek. Pacific's money also looks to be running out quickly and their lack of results is not making the situation any easier. Both teams appear uncertain whether they will survive the winter without investments or buy-outs, but so far, Grand Prix News has not heard of any serious potential buyers.


Short but Sweet

Panis stays at Ligier in '96, '97 • Judd V10 engines for Pacific next year? • Jan Magnussen in talks with DFC, Simtek, Larrousse DAMS, manager says • DFC announces sponsor deal with Petrobras

Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 19 May 2020, 20:13
by BassTrombone
1995 Pacific Grand Prix

For the second and presumably last time in Formula 1 history, the Pacific Grand Prix will be held on the TI Circuit Aida. Michael Schumacher won here last year and if he does it again, it will be a big step towards his second world title. If Herbert wins, everything is possible again. Or will Benetton's winning streak finally be ended? The midfield will be interesting to watch as well, with Morbidelli and Suzuki returning and with many teams bringing their last upgrades of the season.


Qualifying

Mika Hakkinen has another great qualifying by claiming his second pole position of the season. The Williams duo followed closely in 2nd and 3rd, while Michael Schumacher soundly beat his team mate with 4th. Mark Blundell completed a good qualifying for McLaren in 5th, joined by Alesi on the third row. Johnny Herbert managed only a disappointing 7th position, followed by Irvine, Frentzen and Barrichello. Further down, Aguri Suzuki and Gianni Morbidelli did a fine job on their return, qualifying in 14th and 15th respectively.

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³                                                                ³
³Pole                1                                           ³
³              Mika Hakkinen                                     ³
³               1m 09.892s                   2                   ³
³                                       Damon Hill               ³
³Row 2               3                  1m 10.016s               ³
³             David Coulthard                                    ³
³               1m 10.059s                   4                   ³
³                                   Michael Schumacher           ³
³Row 3               5                  1m 10.157s               ³
³              Mark Blundell                                     ³
³               1m 10.363s                   6                   ³
³                                       Jean Alesi               ³
³Row 4               7                  1m 10.556s               ³
³             Johnny Herbert                                     ³
³               1m 10.640s                   8                   ³
³                                      Eddie Irvine              ³
³Row 5               9                  1m 10.820s               ³
³          Heinz-Harald Frentzen                                 ³
³               1m 10.836s                  10                   ³
³                                   Rubens Barrichello           ³
³Row 6              11                  1m 10.853s               ³
³             Gerhard Berger                                     ³
³               1m 10.866s                  12                   ³
³                                      Olivier Panis             ³
³Row 7              13                  1m 11.251s               ³
³              Ukyo Katayama                                     ³
³               1m 11.380s                  14                   ³
³                                      Aguri Suzuki              ³
³Row 8              15                  1m 11.610s               ³
³            Gianni Morbidelli                                   ³
³               1m 11.715s                  16                   ³
³                                       Luca Badoer              ³
³Row 9              17                  1m 12.260s               ³
³                Mika Salo                                       ³
³               1m 12.322s                  18                   ³
³                                     Jos Verstappen             ³
³Row 10             19                  1m 12.383s               ³
³             Karl Wendlinger                                    ³
³               1m 12.773s                  20                   ³
³                                       Pedro Lamy               ³
³Row 11             21                  1m 12.790s               ³
³         Domenico Schiattarella                                 ³
³               1m 13.746s                  22                   ³
³                                     Nathan van Dijk            ³
³Row 12             23                  1m 14.121s               ³
³             Roberto Moreno                                     ³
³               1m 14.201s                  24                   ³
³                                       Taki Inoue               ³
³Row 13             25                  1m 14.584s               ³
³             Bertrand Gachot                                    ³
³               1m 14.875s                  26                   ³
³                                    Andrea Montermini           ³
³                                       1m 15.222s               ³
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Race

Michael Schumacher had a brilliant start and took the lead, followed by Hakkinen, Hill and Coulthard. Herbert also had a good start and came out of the first corner in 5th, right in front of Mark Blundell. Damon Hill had a bad first lap, as he was overtaken by Coulthard in Attwood curve and by Herbert in the hairpin. Blundell would also lose another place, as Irvine outbraked him into the hairpin. In lap 3, Hill took back his position from Herbert, while Alesi moved up into 6th by overtaking Irvine. Schumacher could not keep his leading position for long. Mika Hakkinen outbraked him in lap 4 going into the hairpin and the Finn was imitated by Coulthard a lap later. Johnny Herbert was far from gaining points on him, however, as Jean Alesi overtook the Briton for 5th place. Herbert got his position back in lap 12, when Alesi had to retire with transmission issues.

The first series of pit stops caused only one position change: Gerhard Berger's undercut worked and he moved up to 5th position, in front of Herbert. Michael Schumacher seemed to be much quicker in his second stint and he swiftly overtook Coulthard. Only a few laps after the regular stops, Mika Hakkinen was forced to make another stop. After the race, it appeared he had a throttle problem. Hakkinen's stop made him drop all the way back to 6th, behind Johnny Herbert, who made up another position one lap later by overtaking Berger in the hairpin.

A series of incidents followed halfway the race. Firstly, it was Michael Schumacher who hit Domenico Schiattarella when lapping him. The race was over for the Italian, but Schumacher got away without damage, although he lost two places to both Williams drivers. Coulthard had inherited the lead, but his team mate Damon Hill overtook him in lap 37. Mika Hakkinen also was making up for his lost time; he passed Berger and Herbert within a couple of laps. Another backmarker caught some attention: Bertrand Gachot collided with Berger when he was lapped. The result was once again time loss for the frontrunner and retirement for the backmarker. Schumacher was on his way back again and overtook Coulthard in lap 40, only to make a mistake in Attwood corner 2 laps later and lose his position again.

The second series of stops showed some interesting differences in strategy, as Coulthard and Herbert were driving a longer second stint than the others. Schumacher was one of the first drivers to make his stop and it payed off for him, because Damon Hill was behind him for a couple of seconds when he came out of the pits. It would indeed last for mere seconds, because Schumacher lost control of his car and spun in the first corner, like Hakkinen had done two laps earlier. Both drivers lost a lot of time and places.

When Coulthard had made his stop, he dropped to 2nd place behind his team mate. Schumacher and Herbert followed the Williams duo, with Hakkinen and Berger completing the top 6. Berger lost his place in the points when he was forced to make an extra pit stop with electrical issues, promoting Frentzen to a fine 6th place. Michael Schumacher was struggling in his final stint: Herbert got past when the German ran wide in the hairpin and 2 laps later, Hakkinen easily got past in Attwood. Schumacher was not the one with the worst closing stage of the race, though. The worst heartbreak was for Damon Hill, whose engine failed just two laps from the end.

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David Coulthard breaks Benetton's winning streak in Aida

Hill's team mate, David Coulthard, inherited the win, joined on the podium by Johnny Herbert and Mika Hakkinen. Schumacher came home in a disappointing 4th position, while his compatriot Frentzen was more than satisfied with 5th. Gerhard Berger scored the final point.

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³ Pos   Driver                      Time/Speed     ³
³                                                  ³
³  1st  David Coulthard             1h 31m 42.809s ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  2nd  Johnny Herbert              +29.424s       ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  3rd  Mika Hakkinen               +33.128s       ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³  4th  Michael Schumacher          +34.280s       ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  5th  Heinz-Harald Frentzen       -1 Lap         ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³  6th  Gerhard Berger              -1 Lap         ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  7th  Damon Hill                  -2 Laps        ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  8th  Ukyo Katayama               -2 Laps        ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³  9th  Gianni Morbidelli           -2 Laps        ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 10th  Mika Salo                   -2 Laps        ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³ 11th  Karl Wendlinger             -2 Laps        ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³ 12th  Luca Badoer                 -2 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 13th  Pedro Lamy                  -3 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 14th  Taki Inoue                  -4 Laps        ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 15th  Olivier Panis               Engine         ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 16th  Aguri Suzuki                Transmission   ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 17th  Eddie Irvine                Loose Wheel    ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 18th  Bertrand Gachot             Didn't Finish  ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 19th  Domenico Schiattarella      Didn't Finish  ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 20th  Roberto Moreno              Transmission   ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 21st  Nathan van Dijk             Suspension     ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 22nd  Jos Verstappen              Engine         ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 23rd  Mark Blundell               Oil Leak       ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³ 24th  Jean Alesi                  Transmission   ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³ 25th  Rubens Barrichello          Electrical     ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 26th  Andrea Montermini           Water Leak     ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
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Post-race Quotes

David Coulthard (1st): "Of course I am happy to finally win again, but Damon deserved this one. It was really a shame to lose a 1-2 for the team so close to the finish."
Johnny Herbert (2nd): "I knew I needed a steady race and I think I delivered. Beating Michael means I gained 3 points on him and my title hopes are still alive."
Mika Hakkinen (3rd): "The throttle problem was a shame, as I was feeling really good in the car. After that, I overdrove and lost even more, which was also a shame."
Nathan van Dijk (retired): "It was another week-end where we showed our speed, but unfortunately it was also another week-end where we did not finish."
Jos Verstappen (retired): "I had a great race and had moved up to 14th place within just a few laps. It was disappointing it did not last longer."


Drivers' Championship
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1.  Michael Schumacher    89
2.  Johnny Herbert        77
3.  David Coulthard       61
4.  Gerhard Berger        33
5.  Jean Alesi            29
6.  Damon Hill            27
7.  Mika Hakkinen         20
8.  Eddie Irvine          16
9.  Heinz-Harald Frentzen  8
10. Rubens Barrichello     7
11. Karl Wendlinger        7
12. Olivier Panis          7
13. Nigel Mansell          5
14. Luca Badoer            2
15. Jos Verstappen         1
16. Martin Brundle         1



Constructors' Championship
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1.  Benetton-Renault     166
2.  Williams-Renault      88
3.  Ferrari               62
4.  Jordan-Peugeot        23
5.  McLaren-Mercedes      21
6.  Sauber-Ford           15
7.  Ligier-Mugen Honda     8
8.  Minardi-Ford           2
9.  Simtek-Ford            1

Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 21 May 2020, 20:15
by BassTrombone
1995 Japanese Grand Prix

Despite his disappointing race in Aida, Michael Schumacher says his mission is to clinch the title in Suzuka, but Johnny Herbert will do everything to prevent it. The Williams team will also be looking to add more to their winning tally this year. In the constructors' championship, there still is a fierce battle for 4th between McLaren, Jordan and Sauber. All three teams are eager for a good result as well. The season is almost over, but there is plenty left to race for!


Qualifying

Hill and Hakkinen both make the front row again, but this time it is Hill who narrowly beats the Finn. Coulthard managed to take 3rd on the grid, while Schumacher beat Herbert again to take 4th. Berger squeezed his Ferrari between the two Benettons, while his team mate Alesi got 7th, followed by Mark Blundell. There were no big surprises in the midfield, although Van Dijk's qualifying was disappointing. The young Dutchman was soundly beaten by his team mate this time.

Results
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³                                                                ³
³Pole                1                                           ³
³               Damon Hill                                       ³
³               1m 37.018s                   2                   ³
³                                      Mika Hakkinen             ³
³Row 2               3                  1m 37.033s               ³
³             David Coulthard                                    ³
³               1m 37.319s                   4                   ³
³                                   Michael Schumacher           ³
³Row 3               5                  1m 37.490s               ³
³             Gerhard Berger                                     ³
³               1m 37.673s                   6                   ³
³                                     Johnny Herbert             ³
³Row 4               7                  1m 37.809s               ³
³               Jean Alesi                                       ³
³               1m 37.878s                   8                   ³
³                                      Mark Blundell             ³
³Row 5               9                  1m 37.930s               ³
³              Olivier Panis                                     ³
³               1m 37.976s                  10                   ³
³                                      Aguri Suzuki              ³
³Row 6              11                  1m 38.101s               ³
³              Eddie Irvine                                      ³
³               1m 38.191s                  12                   ³
³                                   Rubens Barrichello           ³
³Row 7              13                  1m 38.255s               ³
³          Heinz-Harald Frentzen                                 ³
³               1m 38.693s                  14                   ³
³                                      Ukyo Katayama             ³
³Row 8              15                  1m 38.935s               ³
³            Gianni Morbidelli                                   ³
³               1m 39.415s                  16                   ³
³                                        Mika Salo               ³
³Row 9              17                  1m 40.122s               ³
³             Karl Wendlinger                                    ³
³               1m 40.256s                  18                   ³
³                                       Luca Badoer              ³
³Row 10             19                  1m 40.611s               ³
³             Jos Verstappen                                     ³
³               1m 40.728s                  20                   ³
³                                       Pedro Lamy               ³
³Row 11             21                  1m 40.923s               ³
³         Domenico Schiattarella                                 ³
³               1m 42.205s                  22                   ³
³                                     Roberto Moreno             ³
³Row 12             23                  1m 42.487s               ³
³               Taki Inoue                                       ³
³               1m 42.700s                  24                   ³
³                                     Nathan van Dijk            ³
³Row 13             25                  1m 42.879s               ³
³             Bertrand Gachot                                    ³
³               1m 43.713s                  26                   ³
³                                    Andrea Montermini           ³
³                                       1m 43.974s               ³
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Race

Schumacher took a giant leap to his second world title at the start. The German rocketed into the lead, followed by Hill and Hakkinen. Herbert also had a good start: he moved up to 4th, while David Coulthard had dropped to 5th. Aguri Suzuki had a marvellous start in front of his home crowd; the Japanese Ligier driver came out of the first corner in an excellent 6th position. Herbert tried to waste no time to close in on his team mate, passing Hakkinen still on the first lap on their way to 130R, but the Finn got him back at the Casio Triangle. In the next lap, Herbert even lost a place when Coulthard overtook him in the same chicane. The Scot also got past Hakkinen two laps later.

As Schumacher built a comfortable lead and Herbert was only driving in 5th position, the German was set to become a double world champion in Suzuka. Nobody looked like they could stop him, until his transmission failed in lap 8. The furious Schumacher refused to comment on the situation afterwards. Meanwhile, Aguri Suzuki did a great job in keeping his 6th position, although Gerhard Berger found a way past in lap 7. With Schumacher's retirement, Suzuki was back in the points until Barrichello overtook him in lap 9. The Brazilian would retire with transmission issues though, handing Suzuki back the 6th position.

At the front, Damon Hill had inherited the lead, but David Coulthard was faster. The Scot pulled off a brave pass on the Englishman in 130R to move into 1st. He would keep the lead until he made his first stop in lap 20. It was a short stop, indicating that Coulthard was one of the few drivers on a two stop strategy. Coulthard dropped to 5th place, but he passed Gerhard Berger within a few laps to take 4th. A few laps later, Ligier caused a massive disappointment for the crowd, as Suzuki's suspension failed in lap 25. The Japanese desperately tried to reach his pit crew, but his car stranded in the pit lane.

After all the stops of the one-stoppers, the order had returned without any position changes. Coulthard was back in the lead, although his margin was small. Hill was just a few seconds behind, while Mika Hakkinen put in some fast lap times in 3rd position. The Finn lost his chance at 2nd place when he had to retire with a puncture. David Coulthard made his second stop pretty late, in lap 42. He rejoined the race in 2nd place and could not catch his team mate anymore.

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Damon Hill wins his first race of 1995

Damon Hill kept his lead and finally won his first race of the year, with Coulthard completing the first 1-2 for Williams of the season. Herbert collected another 4 points with 3rd, closing the gap to Schumacher for the final race to 8 points. Berger came home in 4th, followed by Eddie Irvine and Mark Blundell, who scored his first point of the season at last.

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³ Pos   Driver                      Time/Speed     ³
³                                                  ³
³  1st  Damon Hill                  1h 29m 22.159s ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  2nd  David Coulthard             +11.202s       ³
³       Williams - Renault                         ³
³  3rd  Johnny Herbert              +35.338s       ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³  4th  Gerhard Berger              +46.617s       ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
³  5th  Eddie Irvine                +1m 28.496s    ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³  6th  Mark Blundell               +1m 32.231s    ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³  7th  Ukyo Katayama               -1 Lap         ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³  8th  Gianni Morbidelli           -1 Lap         ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³  9th  Karl Wendlinger             -1 Lap         ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³ 10th  Mika Salo                   -1 Lap         ³
³       Tyrrell - Yamaha                           ³
³ 11th  Domenico Schiattarella      -2 Laps        ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 12th  Pedro Lamy                  -2 Laps        ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 13th  Roberto Moreno              -2 Laps        ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 14th  Taki Inoue                  -3 Laps        ³
³       Footwork - Hart                            ³
³ 15th  Bertrand Gachot             -3 Laps        ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 16th  Andrea Montermini           -3 Laps        ³
³       Pacific - Ford                             ³
³ 17th  Mika Hakkinen               Puncture       ³
³       McLaren - Mercedes                         ³
³ 18th  Jos Verstappen              Engine         ³
³       Simtek - Ford                              ³
³ 19th  Heinz-Harald Frentzen       Water Leak     ³
³       Sauber - Ford                              ³
³ 20th  Nathan van Dijk             Electrical     ³
³       Forti - Ford                               ³
³ 21st  Aguri Suzuki                Suspension     ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 22nd  Luca Badoer                 Puncture       ³
³       Minardi - Ford                             ³
³ 23rd  Olivier Panis               Engine         ³
³       Ligier - Mugen Honda                       ³
³ 24th  Rubens Barrichello          Transmission   ³
³       Jordan - Peugeot                           ³
³ 25th  Michael Schumacher          Transmission   ³
³       Benetton - Renault                         ³
³ 26th  Jean Alesi                  Engine         ³
³       Ferrari                                    ³
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Post-race Quotes

Damon Hill (1st): "Finally I am back! My compliments to the team, we really had a great car again. Fortunately I could finish the job this time around."
David Coulthard (2nd): "This was another great race for the team. Unfortunately, my two stop strategy did not work out the way we hoped, but 2nd it not a bad result at all."
Johnny Herbert (3rd): "I am proud that I have stretched the title battle to the last race; who knows what will happen in Adelaide."
Jos Verstappen (retired): "I lost a lot of time in the battle with the Fortis. When I finally had some free space, the pace was quite good. It is just a shame about the mechanical issues again."
Nathan van Dijk (retired): "I could not really get it together in qualifying, but the race was quite fun. I could have gained some places with the undercut, but unfortunately the car failed right after my pit stop."


Drivers' Championship
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1.  Michael Schumacher    89
2.  Johnny Herbert        81
3.  David Coulthard       67
4.  Damon Hill            37
5.  Gerhard Berger        36
6.  Jean Alesi            29
7.  Mika Hakkinen         20
8.  Eddie Irvine          18
9.  Heinz-Harald Frentzen  8
10. Rubens Barrichello     7
11. Karl Wendlinger        7
12. Olivier Panis          7
13. Nigel Mansell          5
14. Luca Badoer            2
15. Mark Blundell          1
16. Jos Verstappen         1
17. Martin Brundle         1



Constructors' Championship
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1.  Benetton-Renault     170
2.  Williams-Renault     104
3.  Ferrari               65
4.  Jordan-Peugeot        26
5.  McLaren-Mercedes      25
6.  Sauber-Ford           15
7.  Ligier-Mugen Honda     8
8.  Minardi-Ford           2
9.  Simtek-Ford            1

Re: The Virtual Racing Career of Nathan van Dijk

PostPosted: 25 May 2020, 18:47
by BassTrombone
GRAND PRIX NEWS
Your monthly source for racing news, rumors and stories | Wednesday 1st November, 1995


Down to the Wire

With only 8 points between Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert, the drivers' championship will be decided in the final race of this year. While we are waiting to find out who takes the title in Adelaide, Grand Prix News looks back at the last five title deciders in the final race.

1994
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It was only last year that Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill headed to Adelaide with just one point separating them. Memories are still fresh of the controversial crash between the two title contenders, which resulted in both of them retiring from the race and Schumacher taking his first championship.

1986
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It is difficult to imagine that it has already been nine years since the three-way title decider of 1986. Nigel Mansell was leading the championship going into the final race, but Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet also had a chance. Mansell was on course to clinch his first championship, until a puncture ended his race. Piquet was called into the pits precautionarily for new tyres and had to chase Prost afterwards. The Frenchman managed to keep the lead by just 4 seconds and win the championship.

1984
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Niki Lauda was 3.5 points ahead of his McLaren team mate Alain Prost before the final GP in Estoril. Prost was dominating the race, while Lauda was recovering from a poor qualifying. A brake failure for Nigel Mansell meant Lauda could gain 2nd place from him, giving him enough points to win the title by just half a point.

1983
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Before the season's final Grand Prix in South Africa, three drivers still had a chance of winning the championship: Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet and René Arnoux. Arnoux's race only lasted 9 laps, while Piquet was pulling away in the lead. Prost fought himself up the field, but before he could really challenge Piquet, the Frenchman also suffered mechanical failure. Piquet was then able to cruise home and get enough points with 3rd place.

1982
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The situation in 1982 may be the most similar to this year. Keke Rosberg needed one more point to secure his world championship, while John Watson still had a theoretical chance as well. Watson drove a good race after running a lowly 12th in the opening staged and finished 2nd, but Rosberg's 5th place was enough for the Finn to win the only world championship of his career.


Larrousse DAMS LD-I Unveiled

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Larrousse DAMS unveiled their 1996 F1 chassis, the LD-I, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. It was already known that the LD-I has been designed by Reynard, but it was the first time that it has officially been confirmed that the French team will use Ford V8 engines next year. Apart from the car itself, the biggest news of the day was the confirmation of Emmanuel Collard as one of the team's drivers. Collard also gave the car its shakedown on the Bugatti circuit.

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The most eye-catching features of the chassis, which is at the moment painted in a testing livery, are the double air intakes in the sidepods. The intakes are rather narrow, even combined, but they are supposed to provide the cooling system a more laminar airflow, while the drag coefficient should be lower than for conventional air intakes. Larrousse DAMS have gone for a raised nosecone, just like more and more of the other teams have done over the last few years. Lap times have not been communicated, but it has to be said: although it will be down on power to the V10s, the car certainly looks interesting.


Short but Sweet

Verstappen, Badoer main candidates for 2nd Ligier seat • Blundell signs for CART team PacWest • Pacific on the brink of ruin • Taki Inoue in talks with Minardi • Paul and Jackie Stewart planning to enter F1 with own team