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EuroBrun

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1987 -

EuroBrun was a Formula One constructor from Senago, Milan, Italy, with an Italio-Swiss ownership. They participated in 46 grands prix, entering a total of 76 cars.

Oscar Larrauri in the EuroBrun in 1988

The team was a combination of two outfits - the mechanical manpower and skill of Giampaolo Pavanello's Euroracing team, who had also ran the Alfa Romeo Formula One team in 1984-85, and the financial muscle and organisational skill of Swiss Walter Brun, who ran the Brun Motorsport sports car team.

For 1988, Mario Tolentino designed the ER188 chassis, to be powered by a normally-aspirated 3.5 L Cosworth DFZ engine. Formula 3000 champion Stefano Modena and long-time Brun stalwart Oscar Larrauri were signed to drive. Despite a solid if unspectacular start to the season, EuroBrun were struggling as money ran low. There was internal trouble when Brun unsuccessfully tried to replace Larrauri with Christian Danner, and Euroracing were showing disinterest in Formula One. Both drivers would fail to qualify at certain events (Modena missing out four times, and being excluded from another two races for technical infringements, and Larrauri failing seven times), and Modena's 11th place at the Hungarian Grand Prix would be their best result.

Before the 1989 season, Euroracing slimmed down to a nominal level of involvement, in the shape of a handful of engineers and mechanics. EuroBrun dropped down to a single car, to be driven by Gregor Foitek, while the ER188 was modified slightly to take a Judd V8 engine and Pirelli tyres. The team would only make it through pre-qualifying once, and then Foitek failed to qualify. Even the introduction of George Ryton's new ER189 for the German Grand Prix didn't help. Foitek quit after the Belgian Grand Prix, with Larrauri returning. The Argentine was no more successful, though.

Despite failing to start a single race in 1989, the team returned in 1990 with two cars once again. Pavanello had now left the partnership altogether, and the team would be starting the season with the ER189. Roberto Moreno would lead the team, with Claudio Langes in the second car. Langes would not make it through pre-qualifying once. A freak United States Grand Prix qualifying session saw Moreno start 16th on the grid, and he eventually finished 13th. The capable Brazilian would qualify again at the San Marino Grand Prix, and come close on a number of occasions, but as Brun lost enthusiasm, the EuroBruns got further and further from the grid, despite the introduction of the ER190. After 14 rounds, the team withdrew from the Formula One Championship, having made only 21 starts from 76 entries.


1989 Eurobrun 189 F1

It was the end of 1987, and Argentinian driver Oscar Larrauri was in a spot of bother. He was the protégé of Juan Mañuel Fangio; he had been the European F3 champion as far back as 1982 for the Euroracing team; since 1984 he had been enjoying success in Porsche sports cars run by Walter Brun; but, most of all, he was 33, and with each passing season his F1 aspirations were diminishing. But then he had an idea: bring Brun and Euroracing together to jointly form a Grand Prix team in a time when big ambitions and not big budgets were enough to get you started. And so EuroBrun was born.

Introduced halfway through 1989 the new car, the ER189, arrived in time for the German GP, and so too did a sponsor in the form of Jägermeister, which painted the attractive new machine in its famous orange colors. However, even for the rest of the year there was only one ER189 chassis, and the team had to keep taking one ER188B to each race as a spare. And, considering the reliability problems associated with the untried ER189, that spare often had to come into use. Part of the ER189 also had to be remade after the initial roll-hoop behind the driver's head was not high enough, siphoning off more valuable resources.

Foitek left the team after Belgium, and Larrauri was drafted back in for another crack, dovetailing his sports car commitments with peddling the hopeless EuroBrun on a Friday morning, and never for a very long time. But like his predecessor he was unable to make it through pre-qualifying, let alone have a go at getting onto the grid. Before the end of the season, Jägermeister had departed as quickly as they had come, and by the Australian GP the car was plain black and almost sponsorless. People in the paddock were asking whether or not the team should be allowed to continue into 1990.

But continue they did. Although the team was still based in Senago and still called EuroBrun, Euroracing was fully out of the picture. Ryton had made some minor revisions to the ER189 before leaving for Tyrrell, and in a rather ambitious move Brun decided to run two cars in 1990, one for Coloni refugee Roberto Moreno, the other for paying Italian Claudio Langes. There were also plans to run the Austrian-designed Neotech 70-degree V12 engine, which was tested in the back of a Brun Porsche sports car, but lack of finance meant the deal fell through, and the team had to revert to the Judd V8s. Source



Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engines Tyres Driver(s) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1988 EuroBrun ER188 Ford DFZ V8 G BRA SMR MON MEX CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Oscar Larrauri Ret DNQ Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 16 DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Stefano Modena Ret NC DSQ DSQ 12 Ret 14 12 Ret 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ Ret
1989 EuroBrun ER188B
EuroBrun ER189
Judd CV V8 P BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Gregor Foitek DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Oscar Larrauri DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1990 EuroBrun ER189B Judd CV V8 P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Roberto Moreno 13 DNPQ Ret DNQ DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Claudio Langes DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ


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