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Minardi M195

Minardi M195
Category Formula One
Constructor Minardi
Designer Aldo Costa
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Pushrod
Suspension (rear) Pushrod
Engine Ford ED V8 naturally aspirated
Transmission Minardi/Xtrac 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Agip
Tyres Goodyear
Notable entrants Minardi Scuderia Italia
Notable drivers Luca Badoer
Giancarlo Fisichella
Pedro Lamy
Giovanni Lavaggi
Tarso Marques
Pierluigi Martini
Debut 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races competed 33
Race victories 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

The Minardi M195 was a Formula One car for the 1995 season. The number 24 seat was taken by Luca Badoer, with Pierluigi Martini in the number 23 seat. However, he was dropped before the German Grand Prix and his seat was taken by Pedro Lamy. The teams test driver was Giancarlo Fisichella. The engine was a Ford EDM 3.0 V8. The teams main sponsor was Doimo.

Mugen-Honda legal case

The M195 had been designed to fit a Mugen-Honda engine, as Minardi had been expecting to run Mugen-Honda engines during the 1995 season. A last-minute decision from Mugen to supply Ligier left Minardi struggling to adapt their car to take a Ford Motor Company ED engine. Giancarlo Minardi, the team's owner, threatened legal action over the affair. Minardi stated, "We are very proud because we have had to design two different cars in the time normally needed to do just one. There was an agreement with Mugen Co. Ltd. but this was not respected."

Minardi won the lawsuit, but damages were not awarded. The court ruled that the deal between Minardi and Mugen was "reaching a point of mutual agreement so that it was legitimate to expect that the contract would have been effectively concluded." Minardi appealed the absence of damages and in a counter-move, Flavio Briatore (Ligier's owner at the time) had Minardi's equipment seized at the French Grand Prix due to Minardi oweing one of his companies money for their engine deal from 1993. The matter was settled out of court. The money Minardi owed was forgotten and Briatore paid $1 million to Minardi to compensate them for the loss of the Mugen-Honda engines.

Minardi M195B

The car was upgraded for the 1996 Formula One season with Pedro Lamy taking seat 20 and Giancarlo Fisichella first, then Tarso Marques and finally Giovanni Lavaggi taking seat 21. It scored no championship points.

Cars that competed in the 1995 Formula One season
Benetton B195 • Tyrrell 023 • Williams FW17 • Williams FW17B • McLaren MP4/10 • McLaren MP4/10B • McLaren MP4/10C • Footwork FA16 • Simtek S951 • Jordan 195 • Pacific PR02 • Forti FG01 • Minardi M195 • Ligier JS41 • Ferrari 412T2 • Sauber C14

<center>Cars that competed in the 1996 Formula One season
Williams FW18 • Ferrari F310 • Benetton B196 • McLaren MP4/11 • McLaren MP4/11B • Jordan 196 • Ligier JS43 • Sauber C15 • Tyrrell 024 • Footwork FA17 • Minardi M195B • Forti FG01B • Forti FG03

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