1991 International Formula 3000 season
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The 1991
Formula 3000 International Championship The Formula 3000 International Championship was a motor racing series created by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 1985 to become the final preparatory step for drivers hoping to enter Formula One. Formula Two had become to ...
was the seventh season of
Formula 3000 Formula 3000 (F3000) was a type of Open wheel car, open wheel, single seater formula racing, occupying the tier immediately below Formula One and above Formula Three. It was so named because the cars were powered by 3.0 L engines. Formula 3000 c ...

Formula 3000
in Europe.
Christian Fittipaldi Christian Fittipaldi (born January 18, 1971) is a Brazilian former racing driver who has competed in various forms of motorsport including Formula One Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international auto ...
won the championship after ten rounds.


Technical changes

A major technical change for 1991 was the introduction by Avon of radial-ply tyres. Compared to the previous Bias-ply tire, crossply tyres, these could be more consistently manufactured, and made the cars more consistent aerodynamically, but gave the drivers less control at high slip angles. Lola Cars, Lola's T91/50 chassis was an evolution of the previous year's championship-winning T90/50, and retained a very short wheelbase of . By comparison, the Reynard Motorsport, Reynard 91D had a wheelbase of .''L'annee Formule 3000 1991''. Drapeau a Damier. The short wheelbase of the Lola was blamed for its inability to perform on the new tyres, and the Forti Corse team switched to Reynards after three rounds. The Jordan Grand Prix, Eddie Jordan Racing team attempted to lengthen its Lolas by adding a spacer in between the engine and gearbox, but eventually it too purchased a Reynard for Damon Hill. The Ralt name, last seen in F3000 in 1988 International Formula 3000 season, 1988, returned after being split off from the March Engineering, March Group.


Season summary

Alex Zanardi, Alessandro Zanardi won for the new Il Barone Rampante team at the first race at Vallelunga Circuit, Vallelunga. Jean-Marc Gounon then took Ralt's last F3000 win at Pau Grand Prix, Pau. Christian Fittipaldi won at Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez, and Zanardi won again at Mugello Circuit, Mugello. Gounon won on the road at Autodromo di Pergusa, Enna, but he was controversially adjudged to have jumped the start. The race win was given to Emanuele Naspetti, who was making his first start in a Reynard after his Forti team had switched from Lolas. Naspetti then won the following three races at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Brands Hatch and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps. His success was blamed in part on the exotic fuel blend provided by Agip, which would be banned the following year. Fittipaldi's Pacific Racing, Pacific teammate Antonio Tamburini won on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans. In the finale at Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro, Fittipaldi beat title rival Zanardi for the race win and the championship.


Drivers and constructors


Calendar


Final points standings


Driver

For every race points were awarded: 9 points to the winner, 6 for runner-up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded.


Complete Overview

R16=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify


References

{{Formula 3000 years 1991 in motorsport, International Formula 3000 International Formula 3000 seasons