1991 International Formula 3000 Championship

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1991 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship
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The 1991 Formula 3000 International Championship was the seventh season of Formula 3000 in Europe. Christian Fittipaldi won the championship after ten rounds.

Technical changes[edit]

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.[1]

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).[2] 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.

The Ralt name, last seen in F3000 in 1988, returned after being split off from the March Group.[3]

Season summary[edit]

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.

Fittipaldi’s Pacific teammate Antonio Tamburini won on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans. In the finale at Nogaro, Fittipaldi beat title rival Zanardi for the race win and the championship.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Driver Rounds
France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 1 United Kingdom Allan McNish All
2 France Laurent Aïello All
United Kingdom GA Motorsport Ralt Ford Cosworth 3 Germany Michael Bartels 1
Italy Massimo Monti 2
4 Belgium Thierry Delubac 1-2
Italy BFG 3000 Reynard Mugen Honda 4 Italy Giovanni Bonanno 3-9
Italy First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 5 Italy Giovanni Bonanno 1
Germany Michael Bartels 2-4
6 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz 1-3
7 France Éric Hélary 1-4
United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 8 Italy Marco Apicella All
9 United Kingdom Paul Stewart All
Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 11 Italy Emanuele Naspetti 1-3
Reynard 4-10
Lola 12 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 1-3
Reynard 4-10
United Kingdom Eddie Jordan Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 14 United Kingdom Damon Hill 1-9
Reynard 10
Lola 15 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri All
United Kingdom Roni Motorsport Ralt Ford Cosworth 16 Mexico Fernando Plata 1-5
Italy Giovanni Lavaggi 6-10
17 Australia David Brabham 1-4
United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 5-6
France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 18 France Paul Belmondo All
19 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa 1-8
France Emmanuel Collard 9-10
Italy Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth 20 Italy Roberto Colciago All
21 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 1
Belgium Pascal Witmeur 8
France Philippe Gache 10
22 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi 1-5
Germany Peter Zakowski 6-8
United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 23 Italy Paolo Delle Piane All
24 Switzerland Alain Menu 1-6
France Éric Hélary 7-10
Austria RSM Marko Reynard Ford Cosworth 25 Austria Karl Wendlinger 3, 5-6, 8-9
France Galaxy Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 26 France Philippe Gache 1-9
France David Velay 10
Netherlands Vortex Motorsport Lola Mugen Honda 27 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 29 Italy Antonio Tamburini All
30 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi All
United Kingdom 3001 International Ralt Ford Cosworth 31 France Jean-Marc Gounon All
32 Italy Andrea Montermini All
Italy Il Barone Rampante Reynard Mugen Honda 33 Italy Alessandro Zanardi All
34 Italy Giuseppe Bugatti All
Italy Motor Racing Di-Wheels Leyton House Ford Cosworth 38 Italy Fabiano Vandone 1-4
Ralt 5-9
Leyton House 39 Australia Simon Kane 6-7
Italy Pavesi Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 40 Italy Felice Tedeschi 1-8
Italy Massimiliano Angelelli 9
United Kingdom GJ Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 41 Italy Giovanna Amati All
42 United Kingdom Dave Coyne 7

Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Laps Distance Time Speed Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner
1 Italy ACI Vallelunga Circuit 14 April 60 3.2=192.0 km 1'06:05.153 174.318 km/h Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Alessandro Zanardi Italy Alessandro Zanardi
2 France Pau Grand Prix 19 May 73 2.76=201.48 km 1'26:31.24 137.807 km/h Italy Alessandro Zanardi Italy Andrea Montermini France Jean-Marc Gounon
3 Spain Circuito de Jerez 9 June 48 4.2179=202.459 km 1'18:15.69 155.221 km/h Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
4 Italy Mugello Circuit 23 June 38 5.245=199.31 km 1'03:08.380 189.399 km/h Italy Alessandro Zanardi Italy Alessandro Zanardi Italy Alessandro Zanardi
5 Italy Autodromo di Pergusa 7 July 40 4.95=198.0 km 0'59:34.254 199.426 km/h Italy Emanuele Naspetti France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Emanuele Naspetti
6 Germany Hockenheimring 27 July 29 6.801=197.229 km 0'57:19.217 206.480 km/h Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Emanuele Naspetti
7 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 18 August 48 4.1846=200.861 km 1'00:26.28 199.40 km/h Italy Alessandro Zanardi Italy Emanuele Naspetti Italy Emanuele Naspetti
8 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 24 August 29 6.94=201.26 km 1'03:09.82 191.180 km/h France Laurent Aïello Italy Emanuele Naspetti Italy Emanuele Naspetti
9 France Bugatti Circuit 22 September 45 4.426=199.170 km 1'24:09.87 142.114 km/h Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Antonio Tamburini Italy Antonio Tamburini
10 France Circuit Paul Armagnac 6 October 55 3.636=199.980 km 1'14:26.15 161.196 km/h Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Alessandro Zanardi Brazil Christian Fittipaldi

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

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.

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine Italy France Spain Italy Italy Germany United Kingdom Belgium France France Total Points
1 Christian Fittipaldi  Brazil Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 6 6 9 4 - 3 4 - 6 9 47
2 Alessandro Zanardi  Italy Il Barone Rampante Reynard Mugen Honda 9 - 6 9 - - 6 6 - 6 42
3 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Forti Corse Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 9 9 9 9 - 1 37
4 Antonio Tamburini  Italy Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 4 - 3 - 3 1 2 - 9 - 22
5 Marco Apicella  Italy Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda - 3 - 6 6 - 3 - - - 18
6 Jean-Marc Gounon  France 3001 International Ralt Ford Cosworth - 9 1 - 1 2 - - - - 13
7 Damon Hill  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 3 - - - - - 1 - 3 11
Reynard Ford Cosworth 4
8 Vincenzo Sospiri  Italy Jordan Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - 3 - 6 - - - - 9
Éric Hélary  France First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth - 4 - - - - - 9
CoBra Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 3 - 2
10 Andrea Montermini  Italy 3001 International Ralt Ford Cosworth - - 4 - - - - - 4 - 8
11 Giuseppe Bugatti  Italy Il Barone Rampante Reynard Mugen Honda 2 - - - - 4 - - - - 6
Karl Wendlinger  Austria RSM Marko Reynard Ford Cosworth - - 2 - - - 4 - - - 6
Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth - 2 - - - - - 6
Reynard Ford Cosworth 1 - 3
14 Heinz-Harald Frentzen  Germany Vortex Lola Mugen Honda - - - 1 2 - - 2 - - 5
15 Laurent Aïello  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda - - - - - - - 4 - - 4
16 Alain Menu   Switzerland CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 1 1 - - - - - - - - 2
Allan McNish  United Kingdom DAMS Lola Mugen Honda - - - 2 - - - - - - 2
Philippe Gache  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 2 - 2
19 Gabriel Furlán  Argentina Junior Team Reynard Judd - - - - - - - - 1 - 1

Complete Overview[edit]

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

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine Italy France Spain Italy Italy Germany United Kingdom Belgium France France
1 Christian Fittipaldi  Brazil Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 1 2 4 2 1 1 4 3 7 R 9 4 6 3 6 R 1 2 1 1
2 Alessandro Zanardi  Italy Il Barone Rampante Reynard Mugen Honda 2 1 1 R 2 2 1 1 2 R 4 R 1 2 3 2 3 R 2 2
3 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 16 10 15 9 29 NQ
Reynard Ford Cosworth 8 NS 1 1 8 1 3 1 2 1 6 R 14 6
4 Antonio Tamburini  Italy Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 4 3 13 10 3 4 9 7 14 4 10 6 10 5 19 R 2 1 13 R
5 Marco Apicella  Italy Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 19 R 6 4 9 R 3 2 3 2 13 R 2 4 15 R 12 R 18 11
6 Jean-Marc Gounon  France 3001 International Ralt Ford Cosworth 30 NQ 3 1 7 6 25 10 4 6 3 5 16 R 10 7 13 R 12 R
7 Damon Hill  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 9 4 10 R 15 8 6 R 9 11 7 R 4 6 13 R 10 4
Reynard Ford Cosworth 3 3
8 Vincenzo Sospiri  Italy Jordan Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 10 R 25 NQ 19 15 5 4 15 R 5 2 8 16 18 10 14 R 20 13
Éric Hélary  France First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 14 11 7 3 16 R 17 R16 - - - -
CoBra Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 15 5 4 19 R 11 5
10 Andrea Montermini  Italy 3001 International Ralt Ford Cosworth 17 R 2 R 4 3 21 11 6 10 1 R 17 10 8 R 16 3 8 R
11 Giuseppe Bugatti  Italy Il Barone Rampante Reynard Mugen Honda 7 5 20 R 8 R 2 R 5 3 21 R 5 R 12 16 8 R 5 7
Karl Wendlinger  Austria RSM Marko Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 5 5 - - 8 R 2 3 - - 4 R 5 R - -
Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 23 12 8 5 28 NQ
Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 8 20 R 15 R13 7 8 9 6 26 NS 7 4
14 Heinz-Harald Frentzen  Germany Vortex Lola Mugen Honda 6 R 5 R 21 12 7 6 10 5 32 NQ 22 12 7 5 22 R 9 R
15 Laurent Aïello  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 3 R 14 NS 6 7 10 R 13 R 17 7 13 9 1 3 4 R 6 R
16 Alain Menu   Switzerland CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 5 6 12 6 12 18 16 12 12 R 12 NS - - - - - - - -
Allan McNish  United Kingdom DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 34 NQ 19 13 27 NQ 12 5 21 8 6 R 11 R 11 8 11 R 17 8
Philippe Gache  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 29 NQ 22 12 18 10 19 R 26 9 20 R 15 11 23 9 20 5
Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth 4 R
19 Gabriel Furlán  Argentina Junior Team Reynard Judd 13 9 28 NQ 20 R 24 R 19 7 24 8 12 R 17 R 18 6 16 R
- David Brabham  Australia Roni Team/Team Ralt Ralt Ford Cosworth 8 7 9 7 22 11 13 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Paul Stewart  United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 24 R 23 NQ 24 16 28 NQ 24 12 18 R 9 7 16 14 17 8 21 9
- Giovanna Amati  Italy GJ Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 28 NQ 21 R 31 NQ 23 R14 18 R 11 9 19 19 28 NQ 25 7 22 R
- Roberto Colciago  Italy Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth 11 8 18 11 34 NQ 22 R 17 R 27 NQ 20 18 21 17 9 R 10 R
- Michael Bartels  Germany GA Motorsports Ralt Ford Cosworth 32 NQ
First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 11 8 10 R 14 15 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 20 R 17 R 11 9 30 NQ 11 R 16 10 24 14 22 13 - - - -
- Paolo Delle Piane  Italy CoBRaMotorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 12 R 31 NQ 26 17 26 R 30 NQ 22 R 23 R 26 15 23 9 19 R
- David Velay  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24 10
- Peter Zakowski  Germany Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 25 R 25 11 - - - -
- Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom Roni Team/Team Ralt Ralt Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 28 NQ 26 11 - - - - - - - -
- Paul Belmondo  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 25 14 16 R 25 14 11 13 16 R 14 R 27 NQ 20 12 15 R 23 R
- Giovanni Lavaggi  Italy Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth 27 NQ 32 NQ 32 NQ 29 NQ 23 R
Roni Team/Team Ralt Ralt Ford Cosworth 30 NQ 28 NQ 27 NQ 27 NQ 25 12
- Fabiano Vandone  Italy Motor Racing Di-Wheels Leyton House Judd 31 NQ
Leyton House Ford Cosworth 34 NQ 33 NQ 32 NQ
Ralt Ford Cosworth 29 NQ 23 12 30 NQ 30 NQ 28 NQ - -
- Giovanni Bonanno  Italy First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 22 R - -
BG F3000 Reynard Mugen Honda 23 13 20 R 27 NQ 25 R 26 17 14 R 29 NQ - -
- Vittorio Zoboli  Italy Junior Team Reynard Judd 26 R 27 NQ 17 R 27 NQ 22 R 28 NQ 18 13 24 R - - - -
- Fabrizio Barbazza  Italy Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth 18 13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Felice Tedeschi  Italy Pavesi Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 21 15 30 NQ 14 R 18 R 25 R 19 R 29 NQ 29 NQ - - - -
- Emmanuel Collard  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 R 15 R
- Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 NS 24 NQ 13 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Massimo Monti  Italy GA Motorsports Ralt Ford Cosworth - - 29 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - -
Junior Team Reynard Judd 21 R - -
- Dave Coyne  United Kingdom GJ Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 R - - - - - -
- Max Angelelli  Italy Pavesi Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24 R - -
- Fernando Plata  Mexico Roni Team/Team Ralt Ralt Ford Cosworth 35 NQ 33 NQ 30 NQ 31 NQ 31 NQ - - - - - - - - - -
- Thierry Delubac  Belgium GA Motorsports Ralt Ford Cosworth 33 NQ 26 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Simon Kane  Australia Motor Racing Di-Wheels Leyton House Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - 31 NQ 31 NQ - - - - - -
- Pascal Witmeur  Belgium Crypton Engineering Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 31 NQ - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ L’annee Formule 3000 1992. Drapeau a Damier.
  2. ^ L’annee Formule 3000 1991. Drapeau a Damier.
  3. ^ "The March Story". marchives.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.