Minardi M195

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Minardi M195
Minardi M195B
Luca Badoer 1995 Britain.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Minardi
Designer(s) Aldo Costa
Mauro Gennari
Predecessor M194
Successor M197
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod
Engine 1995: mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 2,994 cc (182.7 cu in), Ford ED, 75° V8, NA
1996: mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 2,994 cc (182.7 cu in), Ford ED2/ED3, 75° V8, NA
Transmission Minardi / XTrac 6-speed semi-automatic
Fuel Agip
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Minardi Scuderia Italia
Notable drivers Italy Pierluigi Martini
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Brazil Tarso Marques
Italy Giovanni Lavaggi
Debut 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
33 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Minardi M195 was a Formula One car designed by Aldo Costa for Minardi team for the 1995 Formula One season. The number 24 seat was taken by Luca Badoer, with Pierluigi Martini in the number 23 seat. However, he was dropped before the German Grand Prix and his seat was taken by Pedro Lamy. The team's test driver was Giancarlo Fisichella.

Mugen-Honda legal case[edit]

The M195 had been designed to fit a Mugen-Honda engine, as Minardi had been expecting to run Mugen-Honda engines during the 1995 season. A last-minute decision from Mugen to supply Ligier left Minardi struggling to adapt their car to take a Ford Motor Company ED engine. Giancarlo Minardi, the team's owner, threatened legal action over the affair.[3] Minardi stated, "We are very proud because we have had to design two different cars in the time normally needed to do just one. There was an agreement with Mugen Co. Ltd. but this was not respected."[4]

Pierluigi Martini driving the M195 at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

Minardi won the lawsuit, but damages were not awarded. The court ruled that the deal between Minardi and Mugen was "reaching a point of mutual agreement so that it was legitimate to expect that the contract would have been effectively concluded."[5] Minardi appealed the absence of damages and in a counter-move, Flavio Briatore (Ligier's owner at the time) had Minardi's equipment seized at the French Grand Prix due to Minardi owing one of his companies money for their engine deal from 1993. The matter was settled out of court. The money Minardi owed was forgotten and Briatore paid $1 million to Minardi to compensate them for the loss of the Mugen-Honda engines.[6]

Minardi M195B[edit]

The car was upgraded for the 1996 Formula One season with Pedro Lamy taking seat 20 and Giancarlo Fisichella first, then Tarso Marques and finally Giovanni Lavaggi taking seat 21. It scored no championship points.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team/Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts. WCC
1995 Minardi
M195
Ford ED
V8
G BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS 1 10th
Pierluigi Martini Ret Ret 12 14 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret
Pedro Lamy 9 10 Ret Ret 9 13 11 6
Luca Badoer Ret DNS 14 Ret Ret 8 13 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 11 15 9 DNS
1996 Minardi
M195B
Ford ED2/ED3 V8 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 0 NC
Pedro Lamy Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret 10 Ret 16 12
Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11
Tarso Marques Ret Ret
Giovanni Lavaggi DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statsf1.com/en/minardi-m195.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.statsf1.com/en/minardi-m195b.aspx
  3. ^ "Minardi takes legal action against Mugen Honda". GrandPrix.com. 1995-01-30. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Minardi's miracle car". GrandPrix.com. 1995-03-13. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Minardi's moral victory". GrandPrix.com. 1995-06-12. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Minardi and Briatore settle engine dispute". GrandPrix.com. 1995-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 

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