Footwork FA17

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Footwork FA17
Category Formula One
Constructor Footwork
Designer(s) Alan Jenkins
Predecessor FA16
Successor Arrows A18
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) pushrod, wishbones
Suspension (rear) pushrod, wishbones
Engine Hart 830 72-degree V8
Transmission Arrows six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Castrol
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Footwork Hart
Notable drivers 16. Brazil Ricardo Rosset
17. Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Debut 1996 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Footwork FA17 was the car with which the Footwork team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by Jos Verstappen, who moved from Simtek, and Ricardo Rosset, who graduated from Formula 3000.

Footwork was bought by Tom Walkinshaw from one of the Arrows team's original founders, Jackie Oliver, early in the season. 1996 thus became a write-off as the team's focus switched to 1997. This was something of a disappointment, since the FA17 was competitive at the start of the year in the hands of Jos Verstappen. However, lack of development and the lack of power from the Hart V8 engine saw the team slip to the back of the grid by season's end. Progress was further hampered by the team's testing contract with Bridgestone; the Japanese tyre supplier preparing for entry into F1 in 1997.

Throughout the season, Verstappen proved to be very much the faster Footwork driver, but his reliability record was poor, only finishing a single race in the first half of the season (at Buenos Aires, where he finished sixth). He suffered numerous mechanical failures, including a sticking throttle which caused a huge accident at Spa. He also caused a major scare at Imola when he left a pit stop early and ripped the fuel hose from its tank, covering the garage with flammable fuel. By contrast, Rosset was surprisingly steady for a rookie driver, finishing half the races, but was noticeably slower than his team-mate. Ultimately, neither driver was retained for 1997; champion Damon Hill made the surprising decision to join the team after being dumped by Williams, and Pedro Diniz was chosen to be his number two.

The team eventually finished ninth in the Constructors' Championship, with one point.

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
1996 Arrows Hart V8 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 1 9th
Ricardo Rosset 9 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 8 9 Ret 14 13
Jos Verstappen Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11

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