Spirit continued in 1984 in his second F1 season. The 101 model, the only purpose-designed F1 Spirit, was built in the late summer of 1983, but not run in the 1983. In October 1983 Honda withdrew support and engines so the design was reworked by Gordon Coppuck and Tim Wright to accommodate Hart 415T turbo engine which could not be used as a stressed member. Initially twice world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and moneyed Italian Fulvio Ballabio were slated to drive. However Fittipaldi left to find a drive in Indycars after finding the machine uncompetitive and Ballabio was refused a Super Licence. Instead Mauro Baldi found funds and was nominated as the team’s sole driver. Dutch Huub Rothengatter replaced Baldi after Monaco Grand Prix, but Baldi returned for the final two races. Baldi started in seven races (best placing eights), Rothengatter in seven (best placing eighth). In 1985 two cars were revised to ‘D’ specification with changes to radiators and suspension, and Mauro Baldi started in three races before the team ceased operation.
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