Footwork FA17 used by Footwork team in the 1996 Formula One season was designed by Alan Jenkins and Dave Amey. The car was powered by Hart V8 engine developed 680 hp. In March 1996 Footwork was bought by Tom Walkinshow and the team was renamed TWR Arrows for the remaining part of the 1996 season, but continued to be officially recognized as Footwork as mid-season constructor name changes are not permitted. The car was driven by Jos Verstappen and Brazilian rookie Ricardo Rosset, 1995 F3000 runner-up. Verstappen was generally faster than his Brazilian teammate, and scored the only team’s point that season by finishing 6th in the Argentinian Grand Prix. Rosset, on the other hand, was steadier finishing half the races, while Verstappen retired in 12 races out of 16 starts. Rosset later stated that the cash-strapped team was unable to provide two identical cars, with a lack of spares, and they concentrated on the faster driver, Verstappen. Footwork used two liveries in the 1996 season. In the first three rounds FA17 cars raced in the white and red colors with the sponsorship of Philips Stereos. Since round four, the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring, livery was changed to red and blue as Tom Walkinshaw transferred Power Horse and some Parmalat sponsorship from Ligier to Arrows as well as attracted money from Castrol.
The model of Verstappen’s car by Onyx was issued as “Dutch driver” and came with simplified colors of driver’s helmet because it was not officially licensed by Verstappen.
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