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Ensign
Ensign.gif
Full name Ensign Racing Team
Base Walsall, United Kingdom
Founder(s) Mo Nunn
Noted drivers Clay Regazzoni
Chris Amon
Jacky Ickx
Nelson Piquet
Rikky von Opel
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 1973 French Grand Prix
Races competed 99
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
Final race 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix

Ensign was a Formula One constructor from Britain. They participated in 133 grands prix, entering a total of 155 cars.

Ensign scored 19 championship points and no podium finish. The best result was a 4th place at the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix by Marc Surer.

An Ensign N177 being raced in a Historic Grand Prix at the Lime Rock Park circuit in 2009.

The team was founded by Morris Nunn who also carried out design duties during the first two seasons of the team's existence. Nunn would later go on to be a prominent chief engineer in the American-based Champ Car series, winning championships with drivers Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya in the late 1990s.

After the end of the 1982 season, Ensign was merged into the Theodore team, which it had previous ties to via financier Teddy Yip, and took that team's name. During many seasons, the connection between Ensign and Theodore was so great that in some years they used almost the same car, akin to how Red Bull Racing has a second but separate team called Toro Rosso in more recent times.

Ensign driver Roberto Guerrero continued on with the newly merged team for 1983, as did the team's main car designer.[1] The entire Theodore F1 team did not last the 1983 season, though, and shut down late in the year.[1]


Complete World Championship Formula One results

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1973 Ensign N173 Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Rikky von Opel 15 13 DNS Ret Ret NC Ret
1974 Ensign N174 Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Rikky von Opel DNS
Vern Schuppan 15 Ret DSQ DSQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Mike Wilds DNQ DNQ DNQ NC
1975 Ensign N174
Ensign N175
Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA 1 12th
Roelof Wunderink Ret DNQ DNQ NC DNQ Ret
Gijs van Lennep 10 15 6
Chris Amon 12 12
1976 Ensign N174
Ensign N176
Ford V8 G BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN 2 12th
Chris Amon 14 8 5 Ret 13 Ret Ret WD/Ret
Patrick Nève 18
Hans Binder Ret
Jacky Ickx Ret 10 13 Ret
1977 Ensign N177 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN 10* 10th*
Clay Regazzoni 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 7 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret
Jacky Ickx 10
1978 Ensign N177 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 1 13th
Danny Ongais Ret Ret
Lamberto Leoni Ret Ret DNQ DNQ
Jacky Ickx Ret 12 Ret DNQ
Derek Daly DNQ Ret DSQ Ret 10 8 6
Nelson Piquet Ret
Brett Lunger 13
1979 Ensign N177
Ensign N179
Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Derek Daly 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ
Patrick Gaillard DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ
Marc Surer DNQ DNQ Ret
1980 Ensign N180 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Clay Regazzoni NC Ret 9 Ret
Tiff Needell Ret DNQ
Jan Lammers DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 Ret
1981 Ensign N180B Ford V8 M


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USW BRA ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN CPL 5 11th
Marc Surer Ret 4 Ret 9 11 6
Eliseo Salazar 14 Ret DNQ NC Ret 6 Ret Ret NC
1982 Ensign N180B
Ensign N181
Ford V8 P RSA BRA USW SMR BEL MON DET CAN NED GBR FRA GER AUT SUI ITA CPL 0 NC
Roberto Guerrero DNQ DNQ Ret WD DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 8 Ret Ret NC DNS

*Includes five points scored by Patrick Tambay in an Ensign chassis entered by Theodore Racing.

References

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