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Scuderia Coloni

23x15px Scuderia Coloni
File:Logo scuderia coloni.jpg
Founded 1981
Team principal(s) Paolo Coloni
Former series Formula 3000
Italian F3
Superleague Formula
Formula One
Euroseries 3000
Formula BMW Europe
GP2 Asia Series
GP2 Series
Noted drivers 23x15px Pedro Bianchini
23x15px Marco Bonanomi
23x15px Gianmaria Bruni
23x15px Adam Carroll
23x15px Alex Ciompi
23x15px Luca Filippi
23x15px Rodolfo González
23x15px Michael Herck
23x15px Fabio Onidi
23x15px Giorgio Pantano
23x15px Luiz Razia
23x15px Giacomo Ricci
23x15px Adrián Vallés
Folded 2012

Coloni Motorsport, also known as Scuderia Coloni, is an auto racing team from Italy. Formed by Enzo Coloni in 1982, the team participated in Formula Three between 1983 and 1986, before racing in Formula One as Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems between 1987 and 1991. They made 82 attempts to take part in a Formula One race but only qualified 14 times. Since then, under the management of Enzo Coloni's son Paolo, the team has been successful in Formula Three, Formula 3000 and GP2 Series. Between 2006 and 2009 the team ran under the name of Fisichella Motor Sport, with support from Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella.

Origins of the team

The team was founded in 1983 by Enzo Coloni, a racing driver from Perugia, Italy. Coloni competed during the 1970s and after participating in the Italian Formula 3 series for several years, he won the drivers' title in 1982 when he was 36 years old. Before that, Coloni, who was also called "the wolf" (a nickname that would later be reflected in his company's logo), had also taken part in two Formula Two races, one in 1980 with the San Remo team and another one in 1982 with the Minardi team. At the end of 1982, he gave up active racing and started managing his own team, initially in Italian Formula Three.

Formula Three and Formula 3000 (1983–1986)

Success came almost immediately: the team won the 1984 Italian Formula 3 championship with Ivan Capelli. In 1986, Coloni Motorsport appeared in Formula 3000, entering an out-dated March 85B with drivers like Nicola Larini and Gabriele Tarquini. The Formula 3000 attempt was unsuccessful. Nonetheless the team progressed to Formula One the next year.

Formula One (1987–1991)

Coloni-Ford (1987–1989)

The FIA's announcement that turbos would be banned from Formula One from 1989 - making the sport more affordable — was the trigger for Enzo Coloni to enter the category. Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems made its first appearance in Formula One at the 1987 Italian Grand Prix in September 1987. The yellow painted FC187, powered by a Novamotor-prepared Cosworth DFZ, was a simple machine designed by former Dallara apprentice Roberto Ori. Coloni himself had carried out the shake-down drive but Nicola Larini was the race driver. The car was obviously not ready and Larini did not qualify. The Italian recorded Coloni’s first Formula One race start at the next race, the 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix, although mechanical problems meant that he did not finish. The team did not fly to the end of year overseas races that year, so Larini’s retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix that year ended their first season. They were, of course, 16th and last in the Constructors Championship, because they were the only team without a finish.

The 1988 season was the team's first full season and started well. Although the "new" FC188 was almost identical with its predecessor, Coloni's new driver Gabriele Tarquini qualified regularly and finished 8th at the Canadian Grand Prix. This turned out to be Coloni's best result in Formula One. Due to a shortage of funds very little development work was done during the year. The team’s performance suffered as a result and qualification or even prequalification were no longer certain. The team scored no points this year, finishing again 15th, ahead of Osella, the new EuroBrun and the suffering Zakspeed Teams.

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The 1989 Monaco Grand Prix was the only race in which two Colonis qualified. Raphanel leads Piquet through the tunnel.
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The 1989 Coloni FC188B being demonstrated in 2008.

Although money was tight for 1989, Coloni entered two cars for Roberto Moreno and French newcomer Pierre-Henri Raphanel. The FC188Bs were another update of the 1987 car, but were hard to handle, and about 20 km/h slower than the rest of the grid. Nevertheless, both drivers were able to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix. This was the only race participation of a Coloni in the first part of the season. In Canada, Coloni presented a new car (the Coloni C3) which was penned by former AGS man Christian Vanderpleyn. The C3 was a basically good design but the team suffered again from a complete lack of testing. This meant that the team often failed to find the right set up for the races. The team failed to qualify for most of the rest of the season — only in three cases, the debut of the Coloni C3, the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix, the 1989 British Grand Prix and at the Portuguese Grand Prix did Moreno qualify, in 26th, 23rd and 15th place respectively, after a developmental front wing was fitted for Estoril. Unfortunately for the team, he then collided with Eddie Cheever in the warm-up [1] and had to use the spare car. He did not finish the race as the engine blew up after a handful of laps. As results failed to arrive, the team was cut back throughout the year. After Vanderpleyn had left the team in September, Enzo Coloni took over the engineer's job himself but unsurprisingly this brought no improvement. Neither did the new driver Enrico Bertaggia who replaced Raphanel for the last races. The team finished equal 18th and last with Zakspeed, because the EuroBrun team never qualified that year. The Portuguese Grand Prix proved to be the last qualification for a Coloni car.

Coloni-Subaru (1990)

An unexpected contract with Subaru, the automobile branch of Fuji Heavy Industries, brought substantial financial backing and additionally an exclusive "works" engine for free. The Japanese took over 51% of Coloni formula, paid the debts and supported the new alliance with a brand new, unique engine. It was a flat-12 engine which in fact was penned by Carlo Chiti. Chiti's Motori Moderni company at Novara had supplied V6 turbo engines for the Minardi team from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988 Chiti had penned a normally aspirated V12 engine that attracted Subaru. In late 1988, the Japanese commissioned Chiti to design a new Formula One engine with a "flat" layout — as used in their road cars — that was ready in the summer of 1989. The engine, now with a Subaru badge, was tested in a Minardi M188 chassis but due to a severe lack of power Minardi very soon lost interest. After a few months of searching, Subaru found the Coloni team. Eventually, the "Subaru Coloni" Team was founded with Enzo Coloni staying on board as the man for operational business.

By the beginning of 1990, the "Subaru" flat engine was not producing more than 500 bhp, so the Coloni Subaru was one of the least competitive machines regularly competing in Formula One in 1990 (eclipsed only by the even slower Life car). Subaru and Chiti agreed to build a new V12 engine for the summer of 1990 together with a completely new chassis, but in the meantime the flat engine was to be used by the "Coloni Subaru" Team in a carry-over chassis. Early in 1990, a handful of Enzo Coloni's mechanics worked on a single C3 and tried to put the Subaru engine in it. The work was not done until the day the FIA started shipping the Formula One material to Phoenix. In the pits at Phoenix, the car was assembled for the very first time, and a short private "practice" took place on a parking area of an American supermarket. On prequalification day of Phoenix the Formula One world saw Coloni's "new" model C3B which wore a white, red and green livery, but without an airbox and with wide, long sidepods. It did not follow common design practices for the time, was overweight by 300 pounds and ill-handling. Neither at Phoenix nor at any other race did Bertrand Gachot, Coloni's new driver, manage to prequalify the car. As the season went on, improvements were few and results stayed nowhere. Meanwhile, no success could be seen at Coloni's plant in Perugia where obviously nobody worked seriously on a new car. In May, Enzo Coloni was sacked by Subaru, but no improvement came. In June, the Japanese company withdrew completely and sold the team back to Enzo Coloni, debt free, but with no sponsors and no engines. By the German Grand Prix Coloni had arranged a supply of Ford-Cosworth engines, prepared by Langford & Peck. An improved car also appeared in Germany. The "new" Coloni C3C was simply a 1989 C3 with minor changes in aerodynamics. The car was quicker, but not enough to achieve any serious results. Gachot was usually able to prequalify his car, but the "main" qualification was still out of reach. At the end of the season, Coloni had not taken part in a single Grand Prix.

Coloni-Ford (1991)

For the 1991 season the team consisted of only six people. The car was another version of the C3 from 1989 which had seen some detail work from students of the University of Perugia and which was now called a C4. Enzo Coloni had hoped for Andrea de Cesaris as his first driver, with his sponsorship from Marlboro. The Roman eventually took his experience and his money to Jordan Grand Prix. Coloni handed his single car to newcomer Pedro Chaves from Portugal who had just won the British Formula 3000 series in 1990. The car was out of date, fragile and hard to handle, and Chaves did not know most of the tracks. As a result, Chaves never escaped prequalification. Finally he quit the team after the Portuguese Grand Prix. For the following race, Coloni was unable to find a new driver, but for the last two races of the season, he employed Naoki Hattori, a Japanese driver with a very decent record in other formulae but with no experience in Formula One. The results did not improve.

By that time, Coloni had sold his team to Andrea Sassetti, who renamed it Andrea Moda Formula for 1992; the team would not be around at the end of the season after it was banned from Formula One.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Driver(s) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1987 Coloni FC187 Ford DFZ V8 G BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 0 NC
23x15px Nicola Larini DNQ Ret
1988 Coloni FC188
Coloni FC188B
Ford DFZ V8 G BRA SMR MON MEX CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Ret Ret Ret 14 8 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13 Ret DNQ 11 DNPQ DNPQ DNQ
1989 Coloni FC188B
Coloni C3
Ford DFR V8 P BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
23x15px Roberto Moreno DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DSQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
23x15px Enrico Bertaggia DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1990 Coloni C3B Subaru 1235 F12 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
23x15px Bertrand Gachot DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Coloni C3C Ford DFR V8 DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
1991 Coloni C4 Ford DFR V8 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
23x15px Pedro Chaves DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Template:Country data JPN Naoki Hattori DNPQ DNPQ

Although Paolo left the Italian series to drive elsewhere, the team continued in Italian F3 until the end of 1996, when Esteban Tuero and Dino Morelli drove for them.

Formula 3000

Coloni Motorsport made the switch to International Formula 3000 in 1997. They made a breakthrough year in 2002, when Giorgio Pantano and Enrico Toccacelo drove for the team. Pantano finished the year as runner-up, with Toccacelo in ninth, taking three wins between them. Ricardo Sperafico and Zsolt Baumgartner drove for Coloni in 2003, with Sperafico finishing as series runner-up, while Baumgartner made his Formula One debut for Jordan Grand Prix at his home race — the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

GP2 Series

The team continued to race in the Formula One feeder series — which was rebranded as the GP2 Series in 2005. Mathias Lauda and Gianmaria Bruni, who had raced in F1 for Minardi in 2004, started the season, although Toni Vilander and Ferdinando Monfardini raced Bruni's car following his departure from the team with three rounds left.

Fisichella Motor Sport International

At the end of 2005, Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella joined forces with Coloni.[1] Fisichella Motor Sport had a team, run by Coloni, racing in the 2005 Italian Formula 3000 season. They won that title with Luca Filippi, who moved across to GP2 with FMSI in 2006. He was joined by Turk Jason Tahinci, who brought sponsorship from Petrol Ofisi. Filippi left the team after three rounds and was replaced by former Coloni driver Giorgio Pantano, who won three races later that season.

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Adam Carroll driving for FMSI in Monaco in 2008.

Former F1 driver Antônio Pizzonia joined Tahincioglu at the team for 2007, although he was dropped in favour of Adam Carroll after three rounds. Carroll went on to win two races during 2007.

In 2008 the team ran in the colours of Fisichella's F1 team Force India. Roldán Rodríguez drove one car for the whole season, while driving duties in the second car were shared between Adrián Vallés, Carroll and Marko Asmer. Andy Soucek was initially signed to drive for the team, but was replaced by Rodríguez shortly before the start of the season. Soucek has since launched a legal case against FMSI, which is ongoing.

FMS are currently competing in the 2014 Auto GP season, having replaced the short-lived Eurotech entry at Round 5 in Italy's Imola circuit.[2]

Coloni buyout

Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia joined the team for 2009. After the sixth round of the season, the Coloni team took back full control of the team after buying out Fisichella. It also had a new sponsorship deal with PartyPokerRacing.com. The deal also applies to their Formula BMW Europe team.[3]

At the following round of the championship, Coloni's cars were impounded as a result of an injunction obtained by Soucek as part of his dispute with the team in its FMSI guise. The team missed the qualifying session and were thus ruled out of competing in either of the weekend's races.[4]

Departure from GP2

At the Silverstone round of the 2012 GP2 championship, series organisers and Scuderia Coloni announced that the team would leave the series at the end of the 2012 season, and that the team would forfeit all of their points they had received to date and would receive for the remainder of the season. No further explanation was given for their abrupt departure.[5]

Results

GP2 Series

Year Team name Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2005 23x15px Coloni Motorsport Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Mathias Lauda 23 0 0 0 3 21st 9th
23x15px Gianmaria Bruni 17 1 0 0 35† 10th
23x15px Toni Vilander 4 0 0 0 0 25th
23x15px Ferdinando Monfardini 2 0 0 0 5† 17th
2006 23x15px Petrol Ofisi FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Luca Filippi 6 0 0 0 7 19th 5th
23x15px Giorgio Pantano 15 0 0 0 44 5th
23x15px Jason Tahincioglu 21 0 0 0 0 30th
2007 23x15px Petrol Ofisi FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Antônio Pizzonia 5 0 0 0 1 27th 9th
23x15px Adam Carroll 16 2 0 1 36 7th
23x15px Jason Tahincioglu 20 0 0 0 0 33rd
2008 23x15px Petrol Ofisi FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Roldán Rodríguez 20 0 0 0 14 13th 10th
23x15px Adrián Vallés 2 0 0 0 0 21st
23x15px Adam Carroll 4 0 0 0 1 25th
23x15px Marko Asmer 13 0 0 0 0 29th
2009 23x15px PPR.com Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Andreas Zuber 18 0 0 0 21 13th 10th
23x15px Luiz Razia 18 1 0 1 8 19th
2010 23x15px Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Alberto Valerio 14 0 0 0 4 22nd 10th
23x15px Álvaro Parente 4 0 0 1 13 15th
23x15px James Jakes 2 0 0 0 0 31st
23x15px Vladimir Arabadzhiev 16 0 0 0 0 29th
23x15px Brendon Hartley 4 0 0 0 1 27th
2011 23x15px Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Michael Herck 18 0 0 0 1 21st 7th
23x15px Davide Rigon 2 0 0 0 0 29th
23x15px Kevin Ceccon 8 0 0 0 0 30th
23x15px Luca Filippi 8 3 0 5 54† 2nd
2012 23x15px Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome 23x15px Stefano Coletti 20 0 0 1 28 13th† EX
23x15px Luca Filippi 4 1 1 0 29 15th
23x15px Fabio Onidi 24 0 0 0 13 20th

† Includes points scored for other teams.

Superleague Formula

Year Car Teams Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points T.C.
2008 Panoz-Menard 23x15px A.S. Roma 12 0 1 0 307 5th

References

  1. ^ "Confirmed: Fisichella to partner Coloni in GP2". crash.net. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  2. ^ http://www.autogp.net/newssingola2_en.asp?c=175
  3. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-08-21). "Coloni takes full control of FMS team". autosport.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  4. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-08-28). "Legal row forces Coloni to miss Spa". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  5. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (6 July 2012). "Coloni to leave GP2 at end of 2012". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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