Tyrrell 018

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Tyrrell 018
Category Formula One
Constructor Tyrrell
Designer(s) Harvey Postlethwaite
Jean-Claude Migeot
Predecessor 017B
Successor 019
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium and Carbon fibre monocoque
Engine Ford DFR, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Tyrrell 6-speed manual
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Tyrrell Racing Organisation
Notable drivers 3. United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
4. Italy Michele Alboreto
4. France Jean Alesi
4. United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
3. Japan Satoru Nakajima
Debut 1989 San Marino Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Tyrrell 018 was a Formula One racing car designed by Harvey Postlethwaite and Jean-Claude Migeot. It was built and raced by Tyrrell Racing. It used a customer Ford DFR engine.

The 018 made its debut at the second race of the 1989 Formula One season, the San Marino Grand Prix. Michele Alboreto was given the car for qualifying, but had problems with the fuel pump and failed to qualify. Jonathan Palmer qualified the team's old 017B but raced the newer 018 instead, which he drove into the points with a sixth place.[2] Two races later at the Mexican Grand Prix Alboreto took a third place behind reigning world champion Ayrton Senna and fellow Italian F1 veteran Riccardo Patrese.[3]

It was generally believed in the F1 paddock at the time that the 018 with its sleek aerodynamics was one of the fastest of the new 3.5L cars in a straight line, despite running the underpowered customer DFR engine.[citation needed]

The 018 was replaced after two races of the 1990 Formula One season by the first of the "high-nose" cars in Formula One, the Tyrrell 019.

The 018 was the first Tyrrell to lead a Grand Prix since Alboreto won the 1983 Detroit Grand Prix when Alesi jumped from fourth to first at the start of the 1990 United States Grand Prix and led the first 34 laps of the race before being passed by the McLaren-Honda of Ayrton Senna.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1989 Tyrrell Racing Ford DFR
V8
G BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 16 5th
Jonathan Palmer 6 9 Ret 9 Ret 10 Ret Ret 13 14 Ret 6 10 Ret DNQ
Michele Alboreto DNQ 5 3 Ret Ret
Jean Alesi 4 Ret 10 9 5 4 Ret Ret
Johnny Herbert Ret DNQ
1990 Tyrrell Racing Ford DFR
V8
P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 16* 5th
Satoru Nakajima 6 8
Jean Alesi 2 7

* 9 points scored in 1990 using Tyrrell 019.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Tyrrell 018". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Henry, Alan (Year). Autocourse 1989/1990. London: Osprey. pp. 113–115. ISBN 0-905138-62-7.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Henry, Alan (Year). Autocourse 1989/1990. London: Osprey. p. 133. ISBN 0-905138-62-7.  Check date values in: |date= (help)