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Headquarters Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
   
Team Principles Nick Wirth GBR
Designers Nick Wirth GBR (1994-95)
Paul Crooks GBR (1995)

Simtek History & Team Record

Simtek Research did major design work on various motorsports projects in the early 1990's including designing a Formula One car for BMW's cancelled return to GP racing in 1991, so it was not a big leap to launch their own F1 team for the 1994 season. With three-time champion Sir Jack Brabham as a shareholder, his son David as a driver, a supply of the proven Ford HB engines and backing from MTV things looked very promising for the new team. The team struggled at the first two races, lacking a semi-automatic gearbox and hampered by an overweight chassis due to the ban on active suspensions over the winter. Worse was to befall the team at the third race in San Marino, when their number two driver, Austrian rookie Roland Ratzenberger, crashed heavily during practice and was killed instantly. Likely caused by a wing failure following an earlier off, the little team were devastated. Picking themselves up and deciding to continue, their motto became "For Roland" as they struggled through the rest of the season with a series of drivers who brought some sponsorship to the team.

Over the winter of 1995 Brabham left to drive for the BMW Touring Car program and was replaced by Dutchman Jos Verstappen while the second seat was to be split by Domineco Schiatterella and Hideki Noda. Some promising performances on the track during the early races were marred by mechanical failures, particularly gearbox issues and the team were once again deeply in debt as promised sponsorship never materialized. After 5 races the team failed to make the trip to Canada and was liquidated shortly afterwards.

Year Chassis Engine Tyre # / Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
1994 S941 Ford HB V8 GY 31 D Brabham
32 Ratzenberger / Gounon / Inoue / Schiattarella

15

0

0

0

0

-

1995 S951 Ford ED V8 GY 11 Schiattarella
12
Verstappen

5

0

0

0

0

-

       

TOTAL

20 0 0 0

0

 

 


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