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Osella Squadra Corse

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Headquarters Volpiano and Atella, Italy
Websites Official Site in Italian
"Enzo Osella: The Story" by Gianni Tomazzoni in Italian
Team Principles Enzo Osella ITA (1980-1990)
Gabriele Rumi ITA (1989-1990)
Designers Ignazio Lunetta ITA (1989-1990)
Antonio Tomaini
ITA (1988-1990)
Giuseppe Petrotta
ITA (1985-1987)
Tony Southgate
GBR (1983)
Herve Guilpin
FRA (1982-83)
Enzo Osella
ITA (1981-1982, 1984)
Giorgio Stirano
ITA (1980-1981)

 

Eddie Cheever in 1980

Riccardo Paletti in 1982

Piecarlo Ghinzani in 1983

Osella History & Team Record

Originally formed in 1965 the small company built a successful line of sports cars and smaller formulae cars before stepping up from F2 to the Grand Prix stage in 1980.  Handicapped by tiny budgets and a quest to put together a completely Italian effort, it is surprising the team managed to compete for 11 straight seasons.

With French veteran Jean-Pierre Jarier at the wheel of a simple Ford powered car in 1982 the team seemed to be on the  brink of breaking through, but the death of young Italian protege Riccardo Paletti at the Canadian GP derailed any progress.  The dominance of turbocharged engines and the high costs associated with them left the team with little choice but to run the Alfa Romeo units originally destined for the works team.  Little, if any, development was done on the powerplant in the five seasons they were run and the Osella's fell to the back of the grid or failed to even qualify.

1989 saw the switch back to less expensive, normally aspirated engines in F1 and Osella like many others relied on the Ford DFR customer units, but it also had to pay for tyres for the first time.  The cycle of lack of development, due to budget restraints, due to poor sponsorship finally forced the withdrawal of the team at the end of the 1990 season.  Partner Gabriele Rumi of Fondmetal took over the equipment, some personnel (including driver Olivier Grouillard) and entered the 1991 season under his own name.

Enzo Osella, however, continues to produce cars at the factory to this day, racing in domestic Italian sportscar events.

Piercarlo Ghinzani in 1985

Piercarlo Ghinzani in 1986

Alex Caffi in 1987

 

Year Chassis Engine Tyre Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
1980 FA1 Ford DFV V8 GY 31 Cheever

10

0

0

0

0

-

1981 FA1B Ford DFV V8 MI 31 Guerra / Ghinzani
32 Gabbiani / Jarier

10

0

0

0

0

-

1982 FA1C Ford DFV V8 PI 31 Jarier
32 Paletti (3 races)

13

0

0

0

3

13th

1983 FA1E
FA1D
Alfa Romeo 1260 V12
Ford DFV V8
MI 31 C.Fabi 
32 Ghinzani

12

0

0

0

0

-

1984 FA1F Alfa Romeo 890 V8T PI 24 Gartner
30 Ghinzani

15

0

0

0

2

12th

1985 FA1G Alfa Romeo 890 V8T PI 24 Ghinzani / Rothengatter

14

0

0

0

0

-

1986 FA1H
FA1G
Alfa Romeo 890 V8T PI 21 Ghinzani  
22 Danner / Berg / Caffi

15

0

0

0

0

-

1987 FA1L Alfa Romeo 890 V8T GY 21 Caffi 
22 Tarquini (1 race) / Forini (2 races)

14

0

0

0

0

-

1988 FA1L Alfa Romeo 890 V8T GY 21 Larini

10

0

0

0

0

-

1989 FA1M Ford DFR V8 PI 21 Larini
22 Ghinzani

9

0

0

0

0

-

1990 FA1Me Ford DFR V8 PI 14 Grouillard

9

0

0

0

0

-

        TOTAL 131 0 0 0 5  

 

Nicola Larini in 1988

Nicola Larini in 1989

Olivier Grouillard in 1990

 

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