Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell dominated the Formula One in 1991 , which ended in favour of Ayrton Senna. 1991 was probably also the best season for the “smaller” teams such as Dallara, Brabham, Minardi, Lola and so on as they managed to score on regular base points. Eurobrunn and Onyx left the Formula One, while the Life went out of the Life Formula one team. On the other hand, Jordan Grand Prix and Modena Team made their debut.
In 1991 the French AGS team arrived with the JH25 on the tracks. In the begin the car was rubbish and their best result was an Failed to pre-qualify, not that good if you ask me. Later on, the season with some small updates Tarquini managed to qualify the car and even finished eighth during the United States Grand Prix. Later in the season the team came with the AGS-Ford JH25B, the car had several updates mostly focused on the aerodynamics. Sadly, the car brought no improvements. Both Tarquini as Barbazza failed to pre-qualify the car. Read the full story here.
You could say that the stillborn JH26 from AGS had to be the car to stay in the Formula One. The car looked promising as the team’s design was already been tested in the wind tunnel. The JH26 would make its debut in 1991. Due financial problems in 1990 the team had, for weeks it looked the team would not appear at all on the grid, the team had to abandon their design, and lay back on their old JH25. A funny fact the Benetton B192 looked very similar to the stillborn JH26 with its high nose. Read the full story here.
While the team had financial problems, it was already sold to some Italian consortium led by Patrizio Cantù and Gabriele Raffanelli, the team appeared in the same season with the “brand new” AGS-Ford JH27. The car was far from new and the correct name would be the JH25C. The JH27 was nothing more than a badly upgraded JH25; in some cases, it was even worse than the JH25/B. Read the full story here.
In 1990 BMW considered to enter the Formula One in 1991 with their own team. Nick Wirth acquired to design the car. Not much information is available about the design of the S192. As BMW keeps it even today, after 27 years, still secret. While the season ended in 1992, Andrea Sassetti entered the Formula One, at some point his new car the S921 made its debut. The design is probably similar to the S192 as he bought blueprints, as far as I know, of the car. Later on Bravo with the S931 attempted to enter the Formula One, and in 1994 and 1995 Simtek under the lead of Nick Wirth was active in the Formula One. Still with the S192 as base for the design. Read the full story here.
The Coloni-Ford C4 wwas the last Coloni that would appear on the track. There is nothing much to tell about the C4. The car was slow, did not look aerodynamic at all and they hit in 1991 rock bottom with consecutive failed pre-qualifying 15 attempts. In Spain the team even failed to appear on the grid, in that case it would be 16 attempts. In 1992 Andrea Sassetti, again yes, would debut the Coloni C4B for the first races for his own team.
Osella’s FA1ME the last Osella that would appear during a Grand Prix weekend would reaper on the grid in 1991 under the banner of Fondmetal. Late 1990 the team folded and taken over by Fondmetal. While the team was working on their new car, they decided to enter the first two Grand Prix with the old Osella. As understandable Grouillard failed to qualify the car for the American and Brazilian Grand Prix.
GLAS, which stands for Gonzalez Luna Associates, appeared for the first time in the paddock around August 1989. Gonzalez’s idea was to debut his all-Mexican team in 1991. Giovanni Aloi would be the driver. The GLAS 001 showed its potential during testing at Imola, Monza, Hockenheim and Estoril. At that point, Gonzalez decided to disappear in thin-air. Leaving Lamborghini with the car. Rather to dump the F1 car Lambo made the decision to keep on developing the car, and made the debut with their own team in 1991. Read the full story here.
In 1991 Jordan Grand Prix made its debut in the Formula One. During pre-season testing, the Jordan 911 made its debut with John Watson. It is still one of the best-looking cars, however Porsche had some problems with the name. After Eddie Jordan went to the headquarters of Porsche, he told them he would rename the car to 191, though he needed compensation as he already invested a lot of money. In the end he ended up with a Porsche, he could drive freely for the next year. Read the full story here.
Jordan was looking for a new engine supplier for the coming season. Eddie Jordan acquired the deal for Yamaha V12 engines. The team offered Yamaha the Jordan 191-07 for testing purpose. Stefano Modena tested a couple of times with the 191Y. Read the full story here.
In the early 1990s Lotus was far from the team as it was in the past, for 1992 the team was still searching for an engine supplier. They found one with Isuzu. In the early 1990’s Isuzu was working, in secret, on their Formula One engine with only four engineers. During the 1991 season team manager Peter Collins came on contact with Isuzu. On August 2, 1991, Mika Hakkinen tested with the Lotus 102C. Soon after the test, the CEO of Isuzu decided to abandon the project. Read the full story here.
BMW was not the only German manufacturer luring toward Formula One. Mercedes was the other manufacturer that was rumoured many times to make their comeback in the Formula One. Rumours said that Mercedes was to re-appear on the grid in 1991. However the company decided to join forces with Sauber.
Late 1990 it seemed that Monteverdi was done with Formula One, bad results and financial instability, were the main decisions to leave the Formula One. However, the team was already working on their car for 1991. The ORE2 was finished and even tested in January 1991. The team would not appear on the grid though in 1991.
In all secret, you could say, Reynard was working in 1991 on their own Formula One chassis. Reynard was interested to appear on the grid in 1992 with their car. The car was several times tested in the wind tunnel. As plans were serious, the team never appeared on the grid. Well you would say, both the Pacific PR01 as the Benetton B192 were based on the design of Reynard. Read the full story here.