Arrows A18

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Arrows A18
Damon Hill 1997 Arrows Yamaha Hungary.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Frank Dernie
John Barnard
Predecessor Footwork FA17
Successor A19
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod
Engine Yamaha 0X11A/C and OX11A/D 72-degree V10
Transmission Arrows/Xtrac six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Petroscience
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Danka Arrows Yamaha
Notable drivers 1. United Kingdom Damon Hill
2. Brazil Pedro Diniz
Debut 1997 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A18 was the car with which the Arrows Formula One team competed in the 1997 Formula One season. It was driven by Damon Hill, the reigning Champion who had made the surprising move to the team after being dropped from Williams, and Pedro Diniz, who had moved from Ligier.

1997 marked a new beginning for the team, with two new drivers, a new engine supplier in Yamaha and new tyres supplied by Bridgestone. The year also marked the first full season for Tom Walkinshaw's outfit TWR in running the team, as the Scotsman had bought it from one of its founders, Jackie Oliver during 1996.

After a disastrous start to the season which saw the cars almost fail to make the grid in Australia, the team improved, hiring John Barnard as Technical Director. Hill scored a point at Silverstone, but the highlight of the year came at the Hungarian GP, where he qualified third and led for most of the race. Unfortunately, the failure of a throttle linkage component saw him drop behind Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap, although second place was still a great success for the team. Diniz also scored two points at the Nürburgring.

The team eventually finished eighth in the Constructors' Championship, with nine points.

Damon Hill driving the A18 at the 1997 British GP.
The Yamaha OX11A engine that powered the A18.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1997 Arrows Yamaha V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 9 8th
Damon Hill DNS 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 12 6 8 2 13 Ret 7 8 12 Ret
Pedro Diniz 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 13 5 13 Ret

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