The M193 was designed by Gustav Brunner, who was newly arrived in Faenza, in collaboration with Aldo Costa, Gabriele Tedozzi, as well as with Rene Hilhorst as Chief Aerodynamicist. The car featured carbon fibre monococque and was powered by the Ford HBD V8 engine. Important innovations for Minardi were sequential gearbox and hydraulic suspension, provided for a link between the front axis and the rear which made it possible to reduce the car’s pitching variations during breaking and acceleration. Car painted in the new white livery, favorite of Giancarlo Minardi, debuted with 4th place by Christian Fittipaldi in South Africa. M193 continued to be well performing throughout the season, especially thanks to the Ford HB V8 which was not very powerful but with low fuel consumption which allowed a lower fuel load which saved up to about 10-15 kg of load compared to its rivals with an obvious advantage during the race. Christian Fittipaldi, son of former F1 pilot Wilson Fittipaldi and nephew of Emerson Fittipaldi, managed to score a total of five points in the Drivers’ Championship, but the team decided to do away with him with two races to go in the season. The most spectacular moment of his season was at the Italian Grand Prix when he flipped his car when he collided with teammate Pierluigi Martini at the finish line.
|Christian Fittipaldi||23||Minardi Team|