Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Heathcot » Mon, 01 Jan 1996 04:00:00


If anyone has a good explanation why the Arrows team call's its cars
"Footwork" please post!  Yes, I know Footwork used to be a sponsor, but
Footwork money is long-gone, is it not?

My only guess is Footwork bought a multi-year deal to have the cars named
after the company.  But if you believe that, it is a bit confusing,
because just a few years ago a team tried to compete with a chassis
different from the team name and the FISA pulled its championship points
immediately following the season!  The team?  I believe it was "BMS" which
tried to pass its name off as "BMS Lola" but the FIA didn't buy it and
considered the chassis a Lola (which it was) and purchased by BMS.  (talk
about side-tracked....)

-Robert

..Robert Heathcote.......................AUTOSPORTS BBS..310-641-9627..

..Opinions are mine -- Not yours -- And surely not those of SpeedNet!..

 
 
 

Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Steve Smit » Tue, 02 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>If anyone has a good explanation why the Arrows team call's its cars
>"Footwork" please post!  Yes, I know Footwork used to be a sponsor, but
>Footwork money is long-gone, is it not?

I think you'll find that from last season, the team reverted back to
it's original name of Arrows.  Unless someone can correct me.

You're right in assuming that they changed the name because of the
Footwork money.  In fact, I think at one stage Footwork actually had
a majority shareholding in the team.

My ideal Arrows 1996 line-up?  Jos Verstappen and Gianni Morbidelli.
I think both drivers are very underrated, and deserve a chance.  It
seems that the 1995 car was in fact a good design, blighted by the
lack of talent behind the wheel for most of the season.

Steve.

 
 
 

Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Matt Peters » Tue, 02 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> because just a few years ago a team tried to compete with a chassis
> different from the team name and the FISA pulled its championship points
> immediately following the season!  The team?  I believe it was "BMS" which
> tried to pass its name off as "BMS Lola" but the FIA didn't buy it and
> considered the chassis a Lola (which it was) and purchased by BMS.  (talk
> about side-tracked....)

Nah, I think what happened is BMS wrote on their entry form that they
had made the chasis, when they had really bought it from Lola.  That is
what ticked off the FIA.  

Matt Peterson
University of Kansas, Experimental Psychology

 
 
 

Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Stephen M Baine » Tue, 02 Jan 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
> If anyone has a good explanation why the Arrows team call's its cars
> "Footwork" please post!  Yes, I know Footwork used to be a sponsor, but
> Footwork money is long-gone, is it not?

> My only guess is Footwork bought a multi-year deal to have the cars named
> after the company.  But if you believe that, it is a bit confusing,
> because just a few years ago a team tried to compete with a chassis
> different from the team name and the FISA pulled its championship points
> immediately following the season!  The team?  I believe it was "BMS" which
> tried to pass its name off as "BMS Lola" but the FIA didn't buy it and
> considered the chassis a Lola (which it was) and purchased by BMS.  (talk
> about side-tracked....)

It is mainly to do with FOCA money. If the team renames itself (Footwork to
Arrows in this case), that isn't too much of a problem. The FOCA rights,
however, belong to the constructor. With the FOCA rights come travel payments.
If the manufacturer changes name then it is deemed to be a different
constructor, and so the manufacturer loses the FOCA rights. This was
introduced about 2 years back to stop "new" teams buying up failing teams
to get the travel money, and the avoid paying a deposit to be lodged with
the FIA.

The story of Footwork, however, goes back a few years. The Footwork
Corporation bought a lease on the team, and the right to name it, for 5 years.
They also renamed the chassis as a Footwork. This happened long before the
current rules. This expired before the start of last season, and the team
renamed itself Arrows, but the FIA wouldn't let the chassis be renamed as
a Arrows unless the team gave up the FOCA rights. Rather a naff decision
by the FIA, but rules are rules.
--
Stephen M Baines

 "[The Autosport sticker] started to peel off in the middle of Eau Rouge
 and it distracted me. In fact it was the first thing to hit the barrier"
    Tiff Needell - Jaguar XJR-15 Challenge - Interview with Autosport

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Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Shawn Chu » Thu, 04 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> If anyone has a good explanation why the Arrows team call's its cars
> "Footwork" please post!  Yes, I know Footwork used to be a sponsor, but
> Footwork money is long-gone, is it not?

> My only guess is Footwork bought a multi-year deal to have the cars named
> after the company.  But if you believe that, it is a bit confusing,
> because just a few years ago a team tried to compete with a chassis
> different from the team name and the FISA pulled its championship points
> immediately following the season!  The team?  I believe it was "BMS" which
> tried to pass its name off as "BMS Lola" but the FIA didn't buy it and
> considered the chassis a Lola (which it was) and purchased by BMS.  (talk
> about side-tracked....)

> -Robert

> ..Robert Heathcote.......................AUTOSPORTS BBS..310-641-9627..

> ..Opinions are mine -- Not yours -- And surely not those of SpeedNet!..

Hey Robert,

I found out a couple of years ago, either by reading, or from on of the
race broadcast (I can't remember which) that Arrows is keeping the
Footwork name because of FIA travel concessions. I think its something
along the lines that the top ten teams get either free or subsidized air
freight, but if they change their name, they'll be regarded as a 'new'
team, and therefore lose their benefits.

...unless I'm very much mistaken...

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Why "Footwork" and not "Arrows"?

Post by Rui Pedro Mendes Salguei » Thu, 04 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> My ideal Arrows 1996 line-up?  Jos Verstappen and Gianni Morbidelli.

It is also the line-up that the mechanics there would like to see
(source: the Portuguese Autosport, off-the-record talks during the
Estoril tests). But Inoue has more money than Morbidelli. And we
are lucky that Phillips is willing to support Verstappen with $5
million. Verstappen impressed a lot of people at the Estoril test.

Quote:
> I think both drivers are very underrated, and deserve a chance.

Verstappen and Herbert's motto: "There is life after Schumacher" :)

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