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Spirit's first chassis, the 201C.

Spirit was a Formula One constructor from Britain. They were official entrants in 25 grands prix from 1983 to 1985.

Founded in 1981 by Gordon Coppuck and John Wickham, Spirit had a close relationship with Honda. Indeed, despite being relatively new entrants to the formula, Spirit were selected to use Honda's RA series 2 litre V6 engine in the European Formula Two Championship in 1982 and 1983. In 1983 they also debuted in Formula One, using their 201 F2 chassis, driven by Stefan Johansson, and again employing a Honda engine - this time helping Honda to make a low-key debut with their 1.5 litre turbocharged version of the F2 engine. They debuted at the 1983 British Grand Prix, with their best result 7th at the 1983 Dutch Grand Prix.

Spirit began work on a dedicated Formula One car, the Spirit 101, for 1984, but Honda suddenly switched their support to the Williams team, leaving Spirit to use the lower powered Hart 4 cylinder Turbo engine (Honda's rapid departure from Williams at the end of 1987 has distinct parallels with their ditching of Spirit). With Mauro Baldi driving, the car was a distinct tail-ender, and ran no better when Huub Rothengatter took over from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards. Baldi returned for the last two races of the season when Rothengatter's finances ran out, but results were mainly negative. The car often failed to finish, and when it did was usually at or near the end of those still running. The team's best results were 8th places, scored by Baldi in the South African Grand Prix and San Marino Grand Prix, and Rothengatter at the Italian Grand Prix. Emerson Fittipaldi expressed interest in testing a Spirit on his return to racing but this did not turn into a return to F1 or an upturn in Spirit's fortunes.

Thierry Boutsen's F2 Spirit 201

Despite a huge lack of funds, the team began the 1985 season with Baldi and the upgraded 101D, still with the Hart turbo. After three failures to finish in the opening three races, the team folded. The team sold its tyre contract to Toleman who had been unable to start the 1985 season after not being able to secure their own supply of rubber.

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
1983 Spirit 201C Honda V6 (t/c) G BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA 0 -
Stefan Johansson Ret Ret 12 7 Ret 14
1984 Spirit 101
Spirit 101B
Spirit 101C
Hart 4 in-line (t/c)
Ford V8
P BRA RSA BEL SMR FRA MON CAN DET DAL GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR POR 0 -
Mauro Baldi Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret DNQ 8 15
Huub Rothengatter Ret DNQ Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 8
1985 Spirit 101D Hart 4 in-line (t/c) P BRA POR SMR MON CAN DET FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA BEL EUR RSA AUS 0 -
Mauro Baldi Ret Ret Ret
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