The FA1C designed by Giorgio Valentini, was the first monocoque Osella. The car was much lighter and in the same time significantly simpler and stronger car than its predecessors, FA1B. The FA1C debuted in the 1981 Italian Grand Prix driven by Jean-Pierre Jarier. Two new FA1C were built for the 1982 season and Jarier was joined in the team by Riccardo Paletti. Denim and Saima remained as sponsors. Jarier usually was able to make his way through the sieve of qualification, but in races he fought in the back of the field. The exception was the San Marino Grand Prix, the race boycotted by many teams as part of a political war between FISA and FOCA. In Imola Jarier finished respectable fourth out of 14 starters. As to Paletti, 24 years old Italian, who came to F1 after a not very impressive performance in Formula 2, usually could not overcome the prequalification barrier. Except San Marino he made his way to the start only at Canadian Grand Prix, but the tragic accident at the start in Montreal took his life.
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