Footwork FA17

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Footwork FA17
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Formation lap of the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. Fifth in the line is the Footwork FA17 of Jos Verstappen.
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorFootwork
Designer(s)Alan Jenkins
PredecessorFA16
SuccessorArrows A18
Technical specifications
Chassiscarbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)pushrod, wishbones
Suspension (rear)pushrod, wishbones
EngineHart 830 72-degree V8
TransmissionArrows six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelCastrol
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsFootwork Hart
Notable drivers16. Brazil Ricardo Rosset
17. Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Debut1996 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Footwork FA17 was the car with which the Footwork team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by Jos Verstappen, who moved from Simtek, and Ricardo Rosset, who graduated from Formula 3000.

Development[edit]

Footwork was bought by Tom Walkinshaw from one of the Arrows team's original founders, Jackie Oliver, early in the season. 1996 thus became a write-off as the team's focus switched to 1997. This was something of a disappointment, since the FA17 was competitive at the start of the year in the hands of Jos Verstappen. However, lack of development and the lack of power from the Hart V8 engine saw the team slip to the back of the grid by season's end. Progress was further hampered by the team's testing contract with Bridgestone; the Japanese tyre supplier preparing for entry into F1 in 1997.

Race history[edit]

Throughout the season, Verstappen proved to be very much the faster Footwork driver, but his reliability record was poor, only finishing a single race in the first half of the season (at Buenos Aires, where he finished sixth). He suffered numerous mechanical failures, including a sticking throttle which caused a huge accident at Spa. He also caused a major scare at Imola when he left a pit stop early and ripped the fuel hose from its tank, covering the garage with flammable fuel. By contrast, Rosset was surprisingly steady for a rookie driver, finishing half the races, but was noticeably slower than his teammate. Ultimately, neither driver was retained for 1997; World Champion Damon Hill made the surprising decision to join the team after being dumped by Williams, and Pedro Diniz with his sponsorship money was chosen to be his number two.

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

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 Points WCC
1996 Footwork Hart Hart V8 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 1 9th
Ricardo Rosset 9 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 8 9 Ret 14 13
Jos Verstappen Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11

References[edit]

  • Henry, Alan (ed) (1996). AUTOCOURSE 1996-97. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 84–85. ISBN 1-874557-91-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)