Arrows A19

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Arrows A19
Arrows A19.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) John Barnard
Predecessor A18
Successor A20
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod
Engine Arrows 72-degree V10
Transmission Arrows six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Elf
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Danka Zepter Arrows
Notable drivers 16. Brazil Pedro Diniz
17. Finland Mika Salo
Debut 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A19 was the car with which the Arrows Formula One team used to compete in the 1998 Formula One season. It was driven by Pedro Diniz, who was in his second season with the team, and Mika Salo, who had moved from Tyrrell to replace Jordan-bound Damon Hill.

1998 was a year of unfulfilled promise from Arrows. The cars were designed by the renowned John Barnard, and looked highly distinctive with an almost completely black livery. The car's main weakness was its engine. Tom Walkinshaw, the Team Principal of Arrows, had bought into Brian Hart's engine company and thus Arrows became the first British F1 team to produce their own engines since BRM in 1977. However, Hart's budget was not enough to compete with the major car manufacturers who supplied most of the other teams, and the problems were exacerbated by the car not being completed on time.

The car therefore proved to be quite unreliable throughout the season, particularly in the first few Grands Prix, culminating in an embarrassing simultaneous engine failure at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix. However, the next race at Monaco proved the effectiveness of the chassis: on a circuit where engine power is not so vital, the cars were competitive and scored a double-points finish. Thereafter, the cars were too slow and unreliable to be serious contenders, although Diniz salvaged fifth place at the chaotic 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

The team eventually finished a respectable seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with six points.

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 Points WCC
1998 Arrows Arrows V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 6 7th
Pedro Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret
Mika Salo Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret DNS Ret 14 Ret

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