Arrows A22

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Arrows A22
Arrows-Asiatech A22.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Mike Coughlan (Technical Director)
Rob Taylor (Chief Designer)
Nicoló Petrucci (Head of Aerodynamics)
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)in-board operated independent, carbon-fibre pullrods
Suspension (rear)in-board operated independent, carbon-fibre pushrods
EngineAsiatech 001 V10 (72°) naturally-aspirated, mid-engined
TransmissionArrows 6-speed carbon-fibre longitudinal sequential manual
Power800 hp @ 17,500 RPM[1]
Competition history
Notable entrantsOrange Arrows Asiatech
Notable drivers14. Netherlands Jos Verstappen
15. Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Debut2001 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Arrows A22 was the car with which the Arrows team competed in the 2001 Formula One season. It was driven by Jos Verstappen, who was in his second year with the team, and Enrique Bernoldi, a rookie who brought sponsorship from Red Bull, at the expense of Pedro de la Rosa who was unexpectedly dropped shortly before the season started.[2]


The A22 was a development of the previous year's highly promising A21. The front suspension was changed from a pullrod to a pushrod arrangement, but otherwise the two cars were almost identical.[3] However, the project was hamstrung by changing engine suppliers for the second year in a row. In early 2000, Renault announced their return to F1 for 2001, and bought Supertec.[4] Faced with the possibility of having to pay for expensive customer engines, Tom Walkinshaw signed a deal with Asiatech, a private development of the unsuccessful Peugeot engine which the Prost team had used in 2000. Walkinshaw had been offered an exclusive and most importantly cheap deal and technical director Mike Coughlan believed the new engine suited the Arrows chassis package better. Initial testing took place in August 2000. Jos Verstappen was also enthused about the new engine at first.[5] The engine was less powerful than its predecessor, and also had reliability problems. The car barely completed a lap during its initial shakedown.[6]

The team made the decision to equip the car with a very small fuel tank. This resulted in several high-profile, low-fuel strategies as the drivers, particularly Verstappen, used their light cars to good effect in the opening stages of many of the Grands Prix. Despite generally being outqualified by Bernoldi, the Dutchman's race pace was much quicker by comparison. However, the team's strategy only secured one point, at the Austrian GP.[7] A memorable drive in a wet Malaysia where Verstappen ran as high as second at one point was unrewarded as he was forced to stop for fuel and therefore drop out of the points in the closing stages of the race.[8] There were other moments of promise, but Verstappen also blotted his copybook by getting involved in an incident with race leading WilliamsF1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya at Interlagos, taking the Colombian out and costing him a $15,000 fine.[9] Verstappen was also publicly critical of his team mate, labelling Bernoldi "the worst team mate I've ever had."[10] This was in direct contrast to Bernoldi's predecessor Pedro De la Rosa.[11]

In an attempt to improve front end downforce, an elevated front wing was tried in practice at Monaco, which was immediately banned by the FIA on safety grounds. The race is remembered for Bernoldi holding up David Coulthard's McLaren for nearly 40 laps, which caused the Scotsman to publicly criticise Bernoldi and the Arrows team.[12]

By the end of the season, Arrows' lack of testing and limited budget began to tell, with both drivers sinking further towards the back of the field. While Orange remained as title sponsors, Eurobet terminated their sponsorship after posting huge losses. Bernoldi's Red Bull sponsorship went some way to offset this, but European Aviation and the associated logistical support they provided was moved to Minardi after Paul Stoddart bought that team just prior to the season.[13] The focus shifted to 2002, and Team Principal Tom Walkinshaw secured a supply of powerful customer Cosworth engines for the next season.

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

Sponsors: Asiatech, Bridgestone, Orange, Red Bull, chello

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2001 Orange Arrows Asiatech Asiatech V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 1 10th
Netherlands Jos Verstappen 10 7 Ret Ret 12 6 8 10 Ret 13 10 9 12 10 Ret Ret 15
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 8 Ret 12 Ret 13 14


  • Henry, Alan, ed. (2001). AUTOCOURSE 2001-2002. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1-903135-06-0.
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