worst f1 teams

One could not imagine that a team that had Ron Dennis as one of the starters would figure out on this list, but it might be explained. In 1973, Dennis and Neil Trundle had the Rondel F2 team, and thought they could go further, committing Ray Jessop to design a car that would receive a Cosworth V8, only to change. French oil company Motul should have funded the team, but pulled the plug with the onset of the global oil crisis. Then the outfit was  sold to businessmen Tony Vlassopoulo and Ken Grob, hence the name joining their initials: Token.

That the base was good was confirmed when the team’s driver Tom Pryce managed to qualify the car at a decent 20th spot on Belgium GP, only to abandon with a crash. And as he decided to join Shadow, David Purley was brought for a second try, at home (British GP), but, this time, could not qualify. That was that for him, and a third driver joined in that very year: Ian Ashley, who fought the green hell of Nurburgring with more than what was expected, not only qualifying, but also running as high as eight, before mechanical problems side-lined him.

Another try in Austria, another start, and another DNF. By that time, Vlassopoulo and Grab were already sure that they had not the necessary money to continue (one could say that tokens were no more available then). So the RJ02 was sold to Safir Engineering, which fielded it on some British F-1 meetings as Race of Champions and the BRDC International Trophy. THis i


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