1991 International Formula 3000 season
|1991 FIA International Formula 3000 season|
A major technical change for 1991 was the introduction by Avon of radial-ply tyres. Compared to the previous crossply tyres, these could be more consistently manufactured, and made the cars more consistent aerodynamically, but gave the drivers less control at high slip angles.
Lola's T91/50 chassis was an evolution of the previous year’s championship-winning T90/50, and retained a very short wheelbase of 263.0 cm (103.5 in). By comparison, the Reynard 91D had a wheelbase of 277.5 cm (109.3 in). The short wheelbase of the Lola was blamed for its inability to perform on the new tyres, and the Forti Corse team switched to Reynards after three rounds. The Eddie Jordan Racing team attempted to lengthen its Lolas by adding a spacer in between the engine and gearbox, but eventually it too purchased a Reynard for Damon Hill.
Alessandro Zanardi won for the new Il Barone Rampante team at the first race at Vallelunga. Jean-Marc Gounon then took Ralt’s last F3000 win at Pau. Christian Fittipaldi won at Jerez, and Zanardi won again at Mugello.
Gounon won on the road at Enna, but he was controversially adjudged to have jumped the start. The race win was given to Emanuele Naspetti, who was making his first start in a Reynard after his Forti team had switched from Lolas. Naspetti then won the following three races at Hockenheim, Brands Hatch and Spa-Francorchamps. His success was blamed in part on the exotic fuel blend provided by Agip, which would be banned the following year.
Drivers and constructors
|Race No||Track||Country||Date||Laps||Distance||Time||Speed||Winner||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|1||Vallelunga||Italy||14 April 1991||60||3.2=192.0 km||1'06:05.153||174.318 km/h||Alessandro Zanardi||Christian Fittipaldi||Alessandro Zanardi|
|2||Pau||France||19 May 1991||73||2.76=201.48 km||1'26:31.24||137.807 km/h||Jean-Marc Gounon||Alessandro Zanardi||Andrea Montermini|
|3||Jerez||Spain||9 June 1991||48||4.2179=202.459 km||1'18:15.69||155.221 km/h||Christian Fittipaldi||Christian Fittipaldi||Christian Fittipaldi|
|4||Mugello||Italy||23 June 1991||38||5.245=199.31 km||1'03:08.380||189.399 km/h||Alessandro Zanardi||Alessandro Zanardi||Alessandro Zanardi|
|5||Pergusa-Enna||Italy||7 July 1991||40||4.95=198.0 km||0'59:34.254||199.426 km/h||Emanuele Naspetti||Emanuele Naspetti||Jean-Marc Gounon|
|6||Hockenheim||Germany||27 July 1991||29||6.801=197.229 km||0'57:19.217||206.480 km/h||Emanuele Naspetti||Andrea Montermini||Andrea Montermini|
|7||Brands Hatch||United Kingdom||18 August 1991||48||4.1846=200.861 km||1'00:26.28||199.40 km/h||Emanuele Naspetti||Alessandro Zanardi||Emanuele Naspetti|
|8||Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium||24 August 1991||29||6.94=201.26 km||1'03:09.82||191.180 km/h||Emanuele Naspetti||Laurent Aïello||Emanuele Naspetti|
|9||Le Mans||France||22 September 1991||45||4.426=199.170 km||1'24:09.87||142.114 km/h||Antonio Tamburini||Christian Fittipaldi||Antonio Tamburini|
|10||Nogaro||France||6 October 1991||55||3.636=199.980 km||1'14:26.15||161.196 km/h||Christian Fittipaldi||Christian Fittipaldi||Alessandro Zanardi|
Final points standings
For every race points were awarded: 9 points to the winner, 6 for runner up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded.
|first column of every race||10||= grid position|
|second column of every race||10||= race result|
R16=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify
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