Simtek (Simulation Technology), an engineering consultancy firm founded in 1989 by Max Mosley and Nick Wirth, was involved in many areas of Formula One, including wind tunnel construction and chassis building for third parties. Simtek Grand Prix, the racing team, was launched in 1993 and competed in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. The first own Simtek F1 car, the S941, designed by Nick Wirth and Paul Crooks, strongly resembled the Andrea Moda S921 from 1992, which also was designed by Simtek – initially as unbuilt design for BMW. This design was heavy, initially included a fully manual gearbox compared to the semi-automatics being used by the frontrunning teams and the Ford HB engine was less powerful than the engines being used by the front-runners. MTV Europe stepped in as title sponsors. David Brabham, the youngest son of three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham, and 33-year-old F1 rookie Roland Ratzenberger from Austria were signed as team drivers. Ratzenberger started the season with DNQ in Brazil, was 11 in Pacific GP and then fatally crashed during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the same event at which three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna died the following day. As to David Brabham, he managed to qualify for every round of the championship, but never scored a point.
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