1981 Arrows F1 Beta/Ragno
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The Arrows Formula 1 team was established in November 1977 by a breakaway group of personnel from Don Nichols’sShadow team and some of their associates. The five founding members were Italian financier Franco Ambrosio (A), Alan Rees (R), Jackie Oliver (O), Dave Wass (W) and Tony Southgate (S). The team set up in headquarters at Milton Keynes and built the first Arrows F1 car in just 53 days. Arrows signed up Riccardo Patrese (also from Shadow) and Varig sponsorship was found for the car in Brazil where it finished tenth. Rolf Stommelen joined the team in South Africa, bringing Warsteiner beer money. Patrese led the race until his engine blew but he went on to score Arrows’s first points at Long Beach in it’s third race.
Ambrosio soon disappeared from the team, being jailed for financial irregularities in Italy. And there was further trouble when Shadow sued for copyright infringement, claiming that the Arrows FA/1 was a straight copy of the Shadow DN9. While the case was going on Patrese finished second at the Swedish GP. The team, knowing that it would lose the case and not be able to race the FA/1, decided to build a new car called the A1. This was completed in 52 days and appeared the day after the High Court in London banned the team from racing the FA/1.
For 1981 Goodyear tyres quit F1 and Arrows signed up with Michelin. Patrese stayed and was joined bySiegfried Stohr with sponsorship from Beta Tools and Ragno. Patrese and the revised A3 took pole at Long Beach but retired after 24 laps. Patrese finished third in Brazil. The team switched from Michelin to Pirelli in mid-season. Jacques Villeneuve, brother of Gilles, replaced Stohr for the final two races, but failed to qualify for both.