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Andrea Moda Formula

Andrea Moda
Full name Andrea Moda Formula
Base Italy
Founder(s) Andrea Sassetti
Noted drivers Alex Caffi
Enrico Bertaggia
Roberto Moreno
Perry McCarthy
Previous name Coloni Racing
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 1992 South African Grand Prix
Races entered 9
Engines Judd
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final entry 1992 Belgian Grand Prix

Andrea Moda Formula was a Formula One team that competed during the 1992 season. Its founder was Italian shoe designer Andrea Sassetti and the name came from Andrea Moda, Sassetti's company. The team participated in nine World Championship Grands Prix, but despite officially entering two cars for several races managed only a single race qualification.

Contents

  • Origins 1
  • 1992 season 2
  • Complete Formula One results 3
  • External links 4

Origins

In September 1991, Sassetti bought the Coloni F1 team after it had failed to pre-qualify a car for every single race that year. Coloni's four-year history resulted in 14 starts in 82 attempts. The team had not qualified or pre-qualified for a race since Roberto Moreno started 15th at the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, while its best finish was an 8th place for Gabriele Tarquini in the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

The team hired a number of ex-Coloni staff and a deal was sought with Simtek to run a car which had been designed in 1990 for BMW. Now named the Andrea Moda S921 the chassis was fitted with Judd V10 engines but the cars were not ready for the start of the season.

1992 season

Instead in South Africa Sassetti arrived with modified Coloni C4B chassis for drivers Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia. The team was excluded from the event for not having paid the $100,000 deposit for new teams in the World Championship, Sassetti arguing that it was not a new team as he had simply taken over the Coloni team and not formed a new one but the FIA were unmoved. Caffi performed a few reconnaissance laps in the Thursday familiarisation session (arranged as the revised Kyalami circuit was new to all the teams) but took no part in any of the official free practise or qualifying sessions. In Mexico the team arrived with all its equipment but the cars were still being built and neither ran.

Following this both Caffi and Bertaggia were dropped for criticising the team's preparation, Andrea Moda arriving at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with the experienced Roberto Moreno and Perry McCarthy (who had previously tested for Williams and would later gain fame as The Stig on the BBC motoring show Top Gear) nominated as the drivers. While Moreno gave the S921 its first competitive run (failing to prequalify), McCarthy was refused a Super Licence and did not run. McCarthy finally received his Super Licence for the following round in Spain, but the car only made it a short distance down the pitlane before expiring. Moreno was again unable to prequalify. Around this time Bertaggia approached the team again, having found $1m in sponsorship funds. Sasseti wanted him to return in place of McCarthy but the FIA blocked any further driver changes after the team's earlier shenanigans. Bitter at the loss of funding, Sasseti began to ignore McCarthy's entry and concentrated the team's resources on Moreno.

Roberto Moreno in the Andrea Moda S921, at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, the only race for which the team qualified
The Brazilian then managed to get through both prequalifying and then qualifying to start the Canada the team was without engines because Sassetti had failed to pay Judd. A motor was borrowed from Brabham allowing Moreno to perform a few laps but he failed to prequalify while McCarthy was once again unable to run. Many people had left the team by this stage and the operation missed the French Grand Prix entirely because its truck was stuck in one of the blockades by French truck drivers; every other team had successfully negotiated the blockades. At this point the few sponsors the team had withdrew, leaving Sassetti reluctantly funding the team himself. By now the second car nominally being used by McCarthy was effectively a spare for Moreno and the Englishman was receiving ever poorer treatment from the team - at his home race he was sent out on wet weather tyres on a dry track and at the Hungaroring he was only allowed out of the pitlane 45 seconds from the end of the prequalifying session making it impossible for him to set a lap time.

The team was warned to run McCarthy or it would be out of F1. For the Monza for the Italian Grand Prix in September it was refused entry into the paddock, the FIA having banned the team from the series for bringing the sport into disrepute. The Andrea Moda name would later then move to CART, sponsoring Euromotorsport in 1993.

Complete Formula One results

() (results in bold indicate pole position)
Year Chassis Engine Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1992 C4B
S921
Judd GV 3.5 V10 RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 0 NC
34 Alex Caffi EX DNP
Roberto Moreno DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNA DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ
35 Enrico Bertaggia EX DNP
Perry McCarthy DNP DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNP DNA DNPQ EX DNPQ DNQ

External links

  • Andrea Moda profile on F1 Rejects
  • Andrea Moda profile on Chequered Flag Motorsports


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