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Atlas F1   The F1 FAQ

  by Marcel Schot, Netherlands

Have a question about Formula One statistics or history? Well you're not the only one, and it's about time someone came up with the answers to Formula One's most Frequently Asked Questions. Send us your questions, to - we may not know everything, but we will sure make the effort to find out

"I am looking for the date sheet for the 1984 Toleman-Hart that Ayrton Senna drove that year. Kind regards,Kim"

The Autocourse annual for 1984 has this to say about the Toleman TG184-Hart:

Toleman TG184
Designers Rory Byrne / John Gentry
Number built 5
Engine Hart
Fuel & Oil Agip
Gearbox Toleman-Hewland 5 speed
Suspension Front : Pushrods, Rear : Pullrods
Suspension dampers Koni
Wheel diameters 13" front, 13" rear
Wheel rim widths 11.8" front, 16.25" rear
Tyres Michelin
Wheelbase 106" (2692 mm)
Track Front : 71.5" (1816 mm), Rear : 66.25" (1683 mm)
Gearbox weight 110 lbs (50 kg)
Chassis weight 65 lbs (29.5 kg)
Formula weight (= raceweight) 1190 lbs (540 kg)
Fuel capacity 48.3 gall (220 litres)
Fuel consumption 3.8 - 4.2 mpg (67 - 74 litres/100 km)

Additionally, the Hart Turbo engine is said to have a power output of 560 bhp @ 9800 rpm. This was Toleman's biggest problem; Williams, Ferrari, McLaren and Renault's engines were producing around 100 bhp more!

As for the drivers of the 5 chassis, here's a list:

  • France: 02 (Senna) & 03 (Cecotto)
  • Monaco: 02 (Senna) & 03 (Cecotto)
  • Canada: 02 (Senna) & 03 (Cecotto)
  • Detroit: 01 (Senna) & 03 (Cecotto)
  • Dallas: 02 (Senna) & 03 (Cecotto)
  • Britain: 02 (Senna) & 04 (Cecotto)
  • Germany: 05 (Senna)
  • Austria: 05 (Senna)
  • Netherlands: 05 (Senna)
  • Italy: 02 (Johansson) & 03 (Martini)
  • Europe: 03 (Johansson) & 05 (Senna)
  • Portugal: 02 (Johansson) & 05 (Senna)

"This may have occurred in CART (although I am not sure) but has any F1 driver ever won the World Championship without ever having won a Grand Prix during the season? Niall"

No, this has never happened. Keke Rosberg came close in 1982, when he became World Champion with only one win. However, the 1982 championship is a bit of a special case, since it lost the main championship candidates Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi before half season.

The best any driver has finished in the championship without winning a race is second. This happened twice: Nino Farina finished second without a win in 1952, when Alberto Ascari completely dominated the season. In 1971, Ronnie Peterson did the same behind Jackie Stewart.

"When does Michael Schumacher's contract with Ferrari expire? Ay the end of 2001 or 2002? Dasha"

Schumacher's contract with Ferrari continues until the end of 2002. However, with the contracts of Ross Brawn, Jean Todt and Rory Byrne recently extended until 2004, it appears likely that Schumacher will also stay with the team after 2002.

"A couple of months ago I read an article showing the salaries of the highest paid athletes in Europe. I noticed that Ralf Schumacher had earned more than Mika Hakkinen, if that is true how can a driver with zero wins earn more than a double world champion ? Mike"

This could have various reasons. Most likely you saw the overall figures the athletes get paid, which includes sponsorship deals. The name Schumacher is big business, especially in Germany. Generally it is Michael Schumacher, but Ralf doesn't exactly suffer from sharing his brother's surname. A second contributing factor can be management. I'm not saying that Willi Weber is a better manager than Keke Rosberg, but he's known to be a very smart businessman. Finally, the time when contracts were signed were different. When Hakkinen renewed his deal with McLaren halfway through 1999, he wasn't a double World Champion yet. Whether or not young Schumacher's performance justifies the amount of money he makes, remains to be seen, but apparently Williams are convinced his performance in the future is worth the money they're paying him.

"I am studying the importance of sponsorship, advertising and the media in Formula One. However, I have hit a problem, which hopefully you may be able to help me with. I can not find out who the champions' main sponsors were (e.g. Marlboro for 2000 season on the Ferrari). If you could help me in anyway, I would be extremely grateful. Catherine"

Of course it's not just the main sponsors who bring in the money in Formula One, but as they are the biggest influence and you have to start somewhere, here are the last 10 champions and the team's major sponsor:

2000 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari: Marlboro
1999 - Mika Hakkinen, McLaren: West
1998 - Mika Hakkinen, McLaren: West
1997 - Jacques Villeneuve, Williams: Rothmans
1996 - Damon Hill, Williams: Rothmans
1995 - Michael Schumacher, Benetton: Mild Seven
1994 - Michael Schumacher, Benetton: Mild Seven
1993 - Alain Prost, Williams: Camel, Canon *
1992 - Nigel Mansell, Williams: Camel, Canon *
1991 - Ayrton Senna, McLaren: Marlboro
1990 - Ayrton Senna, McLaren: Marlboro

* Even though Canon was the team's title sponsor in those years (the team was officially entered under the name Canon Williams Team), Camel was displayed very prominently on the car.

As you can see, bar Williams' Canon sponsorship in 1992-1993, all main sponsors are tobacco companies. This also helps to explain why the FIA so strongly disagrees with the European Comission's proposed ban on tobacco advertising. However, in recent years, sponsorship in Formula One has slowly been shifting its focus from tobacco to technology. Last season, Arrows, Jaguar, Minardi, Sauber and Williams were completely free of tobacco advertising. That's nearly half the field. So teams are already preparing for the tobacco ban well before it is put into place.

Editorial Remarks:

  • Some of the questions we receive have already been replied to in previous F1 FAQ columns. Therefore, before sending in a question, we suggest you have a look at the back issues, by searching the FAQ database. Not that we mind getting so much mail, just that we feel bad for those who feel they are left unanswered...

  • We receive quite a few questions from you all, and it is absolutely impossible for us to research and respond to each of you, be it here or privately. Please, don't feel discouraged if your question was not replied to; it might come up in the next column. And don't forget - you can always look for answers at the Atlas F1 Bulletin Board.

Marcel Schot© 2007
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