Archive for the ‘Drivers’ category

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.

1995 McLaren Nigel Mansell

May 25, 2007

Nigel Mansells 1995 McLaren

After doing a couple of races for Williams during the 1994 season, “our Nige” made a spectacular comeback for 1995, but for all the wrong reasons, it started badly for Mansell because he was too fat to fit into the car which meant that Mark Blundell started the the season in his place while McLaren made a new car in which to fit Mr. Mansell, eventually Nigel got his drive but gave up before the end of the season.

This was to be Mansells last season in F1, he now owns a kart track where he recently entered his own competition only to finish second to a gas fitter, he also manages his two sons in there quest to win the British F3 Championship

Williams BMW 2004 Juan Pablo Montoya

March 14, 2007

They say that any success can bring beauty, well the 2004 Williams was always going to be on a loser, Dubbed “the walrus” for how the front wing was attached to the car. It wasn’t the most successful Williams ever made coming in forth in the Constructors’ Championship, and the following year BMW left Williams and Formula 1.

With such a unique design by todays standards i felt that this model was to good to miss out on and by mid way through 2005 I added the car to my collection

1993 Williams Renault Alain Prost

March 5, 2007

alain-prost-1993-williams-renault.jpgWith the announcement of Prost to join Williams for 1993 Nigel Mansell duly left for the states leaving Prost to romp home in dominant style, although race of the year does go to Ayrton Senna wonderful achievement at Donnington Park.

I got lucky with this model as it came in a set with Nigel Mansells 1992 Championship winning car

Williams Renault 1992 Nigel Mansell

March 5, 2007

Who could forget mansell’s only winning season nine out of sixteen wins, with five wins from the first five races and eight wins from ten, there was no doubt who was going to win that season.

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Jenson Button Honda Racing 2006

March 5, 2007

jensonbutton_honda_hungaroring_2006_2.jpgJenson Buttons Honda 2006

Coming of the back of a poor year with BAR, Jenson and Honda were trying to get back to there more successful 2004 campaign, with his first win in Hungry 2006 was a better year for Button, meaning this model was a must have for my or anybodys collection, as this was a Christmas present my thanks goes out to my brother who bought it for me.