F1, the parable of the March 811: the car of the Eighties at Sotheby’s

The English team had been a protagonist in Formula 1 in the 70s, also achieving three victories. Then the first stop and the return in 1981. However, the result was not up to the recent past. Now the car driven by Derek Daly is looking for a new owner

Sometimes they come back, but not always everything goes smoothly. An example comes from March. The team was a protagonist in the history of Formula 1 in the 1970s. Three Grand Prix wins: in Spain in 1970 with Jackie Stewart, in Austria, five seasons later, with Vittorio Brambilla and, in the following championship, with Ronnie Peterson. Then, in 1977, the curtain came down and the decision to say goodbye to Formula 1, before returning four years later. The second adventure, however, turned out to be a real flop.

DISASTER


The score says zero points scored. The track tells of a project born with interesting bases, taking inspiration from Williams and Brabham: an example was the choice of using fixed side strips, with a minimum height of 6 cm from the ground, instead of sliding skirts. However, some serious inaccuracies in the project, mainly concentrated in the bad work done by the frame, compromised the season. The best result of the Ford Cosworth powered car came with Irishman Derek Daly, who he finished seventh at the British GP at Silverstone, thanks also to the introduction of the carbon fiber frame. It went worse with second driver Eliseo Salazar, who left the team after the Monaco Grand Prix.

FOR SALE

The car Daly started the 1981 season with was subsequently sold to Val Musetti and John Graham to take part in the British Formula One and Can-Am events. Following an accident, it has been restored and has had the opportunity to take part in events related to Masters Historic Racing. This historic machine is currently on sale again at the Sotheby’s auction house. The auction will take place on May 22, 2021.

April 2, 2021 (change April 2, 2021 | 08:44)

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