We were offered this car from England, the cradle of Europe by a former trucky of the Williams F1 team.
Tony B. used to be a transport driver for Williams F1 team that is how he came to own the F1 show car. It was originally in Williams F1 mid-nineties livery. It was built around a Footwork Arrows FA17 tub.
Tony started his own events Company and used to rent the F1 show car also as a simulator. In the late 90’s he told us Ferrari rented the car from his company and it was on display in the Monza GP “Paddock Club” so was painted and dressed as a Ferrari F1 car. It has been in storage at his business premises for the last few years and is in very good condition.
Footwork history in the year 1997:
The Footwork FA17 was the car with which the Footwork team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by Jos Verstappen, who moved from Simtek, and Ricardo Rosset, who graduated from Formula 3000.
Throughout the season, Verstappen proved to be very much the faster Footwork driver, but his reliability record was poor, only finishing a single race in the first half of the season (at Buenos Aires, where he finished sixth). He suffered numerous mechanical failures, including a sticking throttle which caused a huge accident at Spa which left him with permanent neck injuries. He also caused a major scare at Imola when he left a pit stop early and ripped the fuel hose from its tank, covering the garage with flammable fuel. By contrast, Rosset was surprisingly steady for a rookie driver, finishing half the races, but was noticeably slower than his teammate. Ultimately, neither driver was retained for 1997; World Champion Damon Hill made the surprising decision to join the team after being dumped by Williams, and Pedro Diniz with his sponsorship money was chosen to be his number two.
The team eventually finished ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, with one point.
This car has been built to a very high standard, it is in excellent condition, with carbon fibre parts, genuine race wheels and real Good/Year tyres to the untrained eye this is a Formula One car, it cannot be made into a race-ready car.
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