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Modena
Full name Modena Team
Base Italy
Noted staff Carlo Patrucco
Noted drivers Nicola Larini, Eric van de Poele
Formula One World Championship career
Engines Lamborghini
Debut 1991 United States Grand Prix
Races competed 16 (6 starts)
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0 (best result: 7th in the 1991 United States Grand Prix)
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1991 Australian Grand Prix

Modena was a Formula One team from Italy, full name Modena Team. The team had a rather muddy history, and are often referred to as the Lambo or Lamborghini team because of its connections to the Italian automotive manufacturer.

The team first emerged as the Mexican outfit GLAS in late 1990, with former Alfa Romeo and Spirit driver Mauro Baldi as a proposed backer and driver, and with a deal for Lamborghini's V12 engine. However, the Mexican backers disappeared, and Lamborghini bailed the team out. They relocated to Modena in Italy, hence the changed name, and entered the 1991 Formula One series. Lamborghini were reluctant to have them viewed as a "works" team as this might reflect badly on the marque, though most media sources ignored this. However, Modena Team, after an initial lump sum from Lamborghini, were entirely independent.

According to the official entry lists for the 1991 Grand Prix season, Modena Team were the entrants, and the chassis was the Lambo 291. Nicola Larini and Eric van de Poele were signed to drive. Both cars had to face pre-qualifying for the first half of the season and each driver only made it through into the race on one occasion - Larini eventually coming 7th at the opening United States Grand Prix, and van de Poele running 5th at the San Marino Grand Prix before a mechanical problem dropped him to 9th less than a lap from the end.

By mid-season the team were in dire financial straights. Lamborghini refused to release any additional funds, and though the team were now clear of pre-qualifying, they were unable to make any progress. Larini got through to a further four races (spinning out of the German Grand Prix, coming 16th at the Hungarian Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix and colliding with Jean Alesi at the Australian Grand Prix). However, the team disappeared before the 1992 season.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1991 Modena 291 Lamborghini L3512 V12 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Nicola Larini 7 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret 16 DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Eric van de Poele DNPQ DNPQ 9 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
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