FEBRUARY 3, 1997
Gabriele Tredozi on the M197
THE M197 is a completely new car. Everything has been changed: the engine, the chassis, the gearbox and the aerodynamics. Everything. We have also had to change the electronic systems as well as we have been working for a long time with Magneti Marelli while Hart has been working with TAG Electronics."
"In terms of the basic structure of the chassis we haven't made any major alterations, apart from what we have had to do because of the changes in the regulations. We have done a lot of work on the detailed design - particularly the aerodynamics - and we think there is some improvement in this. We have managed to find a little bit more downforce to make the car more efficient. There is no doubt that some of the changes have been influenced by last year's Williams.
"We have a good collaboration with Fondmetal Technologies, but the M197 is completely a Minardi car because the agreement with Mr Rumi did not happen until after the concept of the car was decided.
"The biggest step forward for us is the engine. We think the Hart V8 is a very good engine and we are looking forward to seeing what we can do with it. The engine center-line is much lower than on the Cosworth so we had to change the engine mounting considerably. We also had to design a new gearbox, which we have done in cooperation with XTrac. It is a Minardi gearbox but it uses XTrac internals. We will start the year with a standard six-speed gearbox but later on in the year we are planning to introduce a new seven-speed unit.
"We hope that we will also be able to get good performance out of the Bridgestone tires but we will not really know that until we start testing.
"We think the changes will enable us to be more competitive this year."
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ACTION IN BARCELONA
GABRIELE TREDOZI ON THE M197
GARY ANDERSON ON THE 197
JORDAN BLOCKING LIGIER SALE
LOIC BIGOIS ON THE JS45
MIKE GASCOYNE ON THE 025
NICK WIRTH ON THE B197
PATRICK HEAD ON THE FW19
PORTUGAL IS ON!
PROST AND THE FRENCH
RON DENNIS ON THE MP4-12
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: BENETTON-RENAULT B197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: JORDAN-PEUGEOT 197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: LIGIER-MUGEN HONDA JS45
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MCLAREN-MERCEDES MP4-12
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MINARDI-HART M197
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: TYRRELL-FORD 025
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW19
THE SCRABBLE FOR ENGINES BEGINS
TOBACCO FIGHTS BACK
WILLIAMS TO USE MECACHROME V10S