Tyrrell 025 designed by Harvey Postlethwaite was the further evolution of 024 from the previous season. The major revision was the replacement of very unreliable Yamaha V10 engine with Ford V8. The car was driven by Finn Mika Salo and Dutch Jos Verstappen, who moved from Footwork. The drivers duo was fast, the car was well balanced but the lack of power restricted them to the battles at the back of the grid. Tyrrell drivers were able to compete for high positions only at slow circuits. The only 2 points for Tyrrell were brought by Salo in Monaco when he managed to finish 5th. Verstapeen’s best finish was 8th position in the same race. Despite a disappointing season, as ever Tyrrell used a fair degree of technical innovation. On high-downforce circuits (such as Monaco and Imola), two additional wings were installed on either side of the cockpit. X-wings on Verstappen’s car was painted yellow and Salo’s dark orange to distinguish between two drivers – the feature which was introduced later by other teams with different colors of top camera. The “X-wings” would be banned during 1998 after safety concerns in the pitlane. The scale model by Onyx represents Verstappen’s car with X-wings from San Marino GP.
|1997||F1WC||San Marino GP|
|Jos Verstappen||18||PIAA Tyrrell Ford|