Wolf WR7

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Wolf WR7
Fittipaldi F7
Keke Rosberg 1979 Imola.jpg
Keke Rosberg with his Wolf WR7 at Imola in 1979
Category Formula One
Constructor Wolf/Fittipaldi
Designer(s) Harvey Postlethwaite
Predecessor Wolf WR5/6 (Wolf)
Fittipaldi F6A (Fittipaldi)
Successor Fittipaldi F8
Technical specifications[1] [2]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque, with engine as a fully stressed member.
Axle track Front:
1979: 1,626 mm (64.0 in)
1980: 1,778 mm (70.0 in)
Rear: 1,626 mm (64.0 in)
Wheelbase 1979: 2,667 mm (105.0 in)
1980: 2,642 mm (104.0 in)
Engine Ford Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) 90° V8, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual gearbox, with Borg & Beck clutch.
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Walter Wolf Racing
Skol Fittipaldi Team
Notable drivers United Kingdom James Hunt
Finland Keke Rosberg
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Debut 1979 Argentine Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
23 0 0 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Wolf WR7 was a Formula One car built for the 1979 season by the Walter Wolf Racing team. Three examples of the car were produced. The first was WR7. A second car, WR8, was built to the same specification, while a slightly modified car, WR9, first appeared at the British Grand Prix.[3] The cars were driven by 1976 champion James Hunt and Keke Rosberg. The engine was a Ford Cosworth DFV.

Competition history[edit]

The car was designed by Harvey Postlethwaite, previously responsible for the Hesketh 308 in which James Hunt won his first race. Wolf's former driver Jody Scheckter left the team at the end of 1978, going to Ferrari, where he would win the World Championship. He was replaced by 1976 champion James Hunt. When it was found that Hunt was unable to fit into the Wolf WR5/6 chassis, a new car had to be built in a haste prior to the season opener in Argentina.[4] The cars proved unreliable and uncompetitive, with Hunt only finishing one of his six races in WR7 and WR8. The assertion made by Motor Sport magazine ahead of the season that Hunt was a driver likely to "quickly lose interest" when not provided with a competitive machine[4] proved right when he left the team (and the sport) after the 1979 Monaco Grand Prix. Keke Rosberg took over his drive for the remainder of the season, but also only finished one race. Rosberg crashed WR9 heavily during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix so a hybrid car using WR8's monocoque, dubbed WR8/9 was built up for his use in the USA.[5]

At the end of the 1979 Formula One season, Walter Wolf, owner of the team, pulled out of Formula One and sold the assets of his organisation to Wilson and Emerson Fittipaldi for the use of their Fittipaldi Automotive team. The WR7 cars were raced as Fittipaldi F7s in the early part of the 1980 Formula One season by Emerson Fittipaldi and Rosberg.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrants Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1979 Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR7
Wolf WR8
Wolf WR8/9
Wolf WR9
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0 15th
James Hunt Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret
Keke Rosberg 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret
1980 Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi F7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 11 8th
Emerson Fittipaldi NC 15 8 3 Ret 6 Ret
Keke Rosberg 3 9 Ret Ret 7 DNQ Ret DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolf WR7". statsf1.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fittipaldi F7". statsf1.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 280. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  4. ^ a b Jenkinson, Denis (January 1979). "Formula One Teams for 1979". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 26. 
  5. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 326. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.