Archive for June 2007

Pacific 1995 Jean-Denis Deletraz

June 3, 2007

Jean-Denis Deletraz Pacific Racing 1995

After somehow managing to survive 1994, they rarely qualified, the Pacific team merged with the outgoing Lotus team to try and close the gap between them and the other slighter faster backmarkers, Pacific also managed to have four drivers that year, starting out with Andrea Montermimi (coming from Simtek.) and Bertrand Gachot who was starting his second year with the team, but mid-way through the season he left to make way for two pay-as-you-go drivers in the forms of Giovanni Lavaggi and Jean-Denis Deletraz although Gachot did return at the end of the year when the two pay-as-you-go drivers money dried up.

I have always been known to support the underdogs, (well I am a Tottenham fan!) so i couldn’t pass up the chance to buy this when i stumbled across it on eBay,

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Luca Badoer Forti 1996

June 3, 2007

Luca Bodoer, Forti, 1996

Forti may only have lasted half a season but still managed to have a model made of them by Onyx, the heavily underfunded team also managed to change colours but nothing could save them from simply disappearing from the F1 scene mid-way through 1996, the team were unfortunate because there arrival into Formula 1 coincided with the introduction of the 107% rule for qualification it was simply too much of a task for them to managed, they now join other teams that have drifted away in non-existence much like the lola team did the following year.

I bought this model as a sought of reminder that formula 1 is no fairy tale and that sometimes teams can come to a grim and unfortunate end.