FERRARI 412 T1

 

For the 1994 Grand Prix season dramatic rule changes were introduced into Formula One on the initative of controversial F.I.A. president Max Mosley. ABS, traction and launch control as well as  active ride suspension were banned causing a lot of frustration among the leading racing car designers. On the other hand re-fuelling was allowed again for the first time since being abbolished at he beginning of the 1984 season. John Barnard`s answer the new regulations was the beautiful looking Ferrari  412 T1 for Frenchman Jean Alesi (number 27) and Austria`s Gerhard Berger, who already had been at Maranello  from 1987 to 1989. The Marlboro sponsored 412 T1 with Ferrari`s traditional V12 engine had pretty long side pods with oval air intakes for the lateral radiators. Under the aspect of the dramatic circumstances caused by the fatal accidents of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at the beginning of the European season in Imola immidiate rule changes were activated for  safety reasons for the Spanish Grand Prix held at the Circuit of Catalunya. From that time on stricter limitations for the front wing and the rear diffusor should make the cars slower. The same intention had the introduction of holes cut into the airbox (less boost on the engine) and wooden planks under the undertray (reduced downforce) at the Canadian and German Grand Prix. In the middle of the season the 412 T1 was modified by Gustav Brunner, who shortened the side pods for the use of lateral deflectors as it was done by most of the rival teams` cars. This version of the 1994 Ferrari was called 412 T1B.

A the beginning of the year, after the season opener at Interlagos / Brazil, Jean Alesi was hurt when testing at Italian Mugello to be replaced by test driver Nicola Larini for the Pacific and San Marino Grand Prix; he finished second place at Imola. The Ferrari  412 T1 brought three  pole positions, one win and eleven podium finishes to it`s drivers to make the Scuderia finishing third overall in the constructors`worldchampionship of 1994. The  worldchampionship results of the drivers were third (Gerhard Berger 41 points ), fifth (Jean Alesi 24 points) and 14th (Nicola Larini 6 points).

 

Model Designation: 412 T1  Year: 1994  Chassis: Ferrari carbon fibre  Engine:  Ferrari Tipo 041  3.5 litres  65 V12 / Ferrari Tipo 043   3.5 litres 75 V12  Gearbox:  Ferrari six-speed semi-automatic  Fuels & Oils:  Agip  Tyres: Goodyear  Sponsors:  Marlboro, Agip, Pioneer  Designers: John Barnard, Gustav Brunner  Drivers: Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Nicola Larini

 

Photos taken at the 2014 Grand Prix Caracciola at  Kassel / Germany

 

 

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