The M189 was designed by Nigel Cowperthwaite and Tommaso Carletti with Aldo Costa in the role of technical director. The car was powered by the 3500cc Ford Cosworth V8. The M189 was the first racing car entirely designed virtually using computer-aided design and drafting (CAD). The design was performed at the I.De.A. Company in Turin with a 5-axis numerical controlled machine that exploited CAD-CAM technology. The car was further developed in the wind tunnel in Crandfield in England. The M189 was driven by Pierluigi Martini and Luis Perez-Sala, both of whom had driven for the team the previous year. Minardi got first points of the season at Silverstone where Martini and Perez-Sala finished 5-6. This was first race in Minardi’s history in which both of the team’s cars finished in the points. At Estoril in Portugal was another incredible date. Martini took Minardi to the lead of a Grand Prix for the first time, controlling the two very fast Williams-Renaults with a stupendous performance and crossing the finishing line finally in fifth place. With 6 points to its credit the Minardi team finished in the Top 10 with 20 teams entered for the second consecutive year. Pérez-Sala’s sixth place in the 1989 British Grand Prix was his best result in F1 and his only point.
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