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Maestro Motorsport was a team in FF1M. It was founded by Mini Maestro and was one of the founder members of the FF1M series

History

The team was one of the initial 11 entrants to the series. In the 1988 Season they lined up with Thierry Boutsen and Kimi Raikkonen using Mercedes engines with Raikkonen winning the teams first grand prix in the 1988 British Grand Prix. The team won again in Hungary and finished the season 2nd in the championship.

In 1989 the team brought in Ayrton Senna alongside Raikkonen and switched to Honda engines. Raikkonen won the opening round of the season at Melbourne, but the team would not win again until the penultimate grand prix of the season when Senna clinched victory at Indianapolis. The team ended the season down in 4th place despite numerous podium finishes.

The team faced changes again in 1990, Raikkonen remained at the team but he was joined by Mika Hakkinen, and the team once again switched engines, this time to a Ferrari powerplant. Hakkinen won on his debut for the team and remained in contention for the championship throughout the season but once again the team didnt have the outright pace to clinch the title and ended the season in 3rd place.

Domination

In 1991 the FF1M rules changed. Pre and Mid Season testing was brought in, as well as Works and Customer engines. Maestro Motorsport were the team that adapted to the new rules the best. They signed a Works deal with Honda to supply engines and they signed the 1990 World Champion Alain Prost alongside youngster Lewis Hamilton. The season started slowly whilst ExoliteF1 dominated with their powerful Ferrari engines, but the Ferrari engines were massively unreliable, and Maestro's Honda engines were consistent, reliable and gradually getting more powerful as the season went on. They ended up winning five races in that season, the biggest one being the final grand prix in Australia, where Alain Prost sealed both world titles with a stunning victory.

Prost was to leave at the end of the season, but Maestro reacted quickly by snapping up the driver who he had beaten to the World Title in 1991, that driver was Fernando Alonso. The 1992 Season saw the team dominate the sport in emphatic style, scoring 200 points over the season, a record unsurpassed to this day. Whilst Alonso struggled initially for reliability Lewis Hamilton stepped up to the plate with 2 vital wins in Brazil and San Marino whilst Alonso had won the opening race of the season in South Africa. After the Monaco Grand Prix the team lay 2nd in the championship, a point behind leaders FJR. From that point on the team didnt look back and would win 9 out of the remaining 10 races in the season. Those 9 wins included 7 for Alonso and 2 for Hamilton, with 3 one-two's and 3 one-three's. They won the championship by 65 points with 12 wins. What was more, there was a fantastic fight for the drivers championship between the teams two drivers with the consistent and reliable Hamilton leading the quicker but more unreliable Alonso with three races to go. There was a feeling that it would go down to the wire, but it was not to be. Suddenly the teams unreliability of the early part of the season returned, the team suffered a double retirement in Portugal, and Hamilton didnt finish either of the last two races, which Alonso won comfortabley sealing the world title by a huge margin not thought possible just three races before. As the champagne flowed there was a bitter aftertaste to the success, engine partners Honda announced that after the perfect season they were to leave the sport at the end of 1992.

For 1993 therefore the team moved back to Ferrari. The season was much closer with a fantastic fight between Alonso and Ayrton Senna for the victory. It came down to the last Grand Prix with Alonso doing just enough in 3rd place to take a hard fought title despite not having won since the Monaco Grand Prix at the start of the season. The team also won the Teams Championship although this victory was much more straightforward with consistent points finishing keeping them well ahead of rivals Gui Racing.

Decline

Retirement

At the start of the 2001 FF1M Season hopes were high at Maestro Motorsport: They had re-signed Fernando Alonso, the driver who had given them their drivers titles in the early nineties and would be using engines supplied by Honda, another element in that period of domination. The season started badly however, Honda's eight season absence from the sport was showing, with the engine woefully underpowered compared to its rivals. What was more was that they were using Bridgestone tyres which hadnt been developed during pre-season and were also lagging behind their rival manufacturer Michelin. After qualifying 14th and 16th on the grid and finishing the race over a lap behind the leaders in 10th and 12th places, boss Mini Maestro made a shock announcement that he was considering leaving the series.

The team's fortunes did not improve over the first half of the season with the team getting into the top ten in qualifying only three times, with Alonso not managing to score a single point. Sick of seeing his once great team struggling, Maestro, during the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, formally announced the teams withdrawl at the end of the season.

Results

FF1M

Year Engine Ch. Pos Races Points Wins Drivers Ch. Pos Races Points Wins
1988 Mercedes 2nd 16 64 2 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Thierry Boutsen 12th 16 3
22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen 2nd 16 61 2
1989 Honda 4th 16 66 2 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Ayrton Senna 4th 16 37 1
22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen 7th 16 29 1
1990 Ferrari 3rd 17 74 2 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen 4th 17 38 1
22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen 5th 17 36 1
1991 Honda 1st 17 134 5 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Alain Prost 1st 17 91 5
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lewis Hamilton 7th 17 45
1992 Honda (Works) 1st 16 200 12 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso 1st 16 111 8
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lewis Hamilton 2nd 16 89 4
1993 Ferrari (Works) 1st 16 125 4 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso 1st 16 68 3
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lewis Hamilton 4th 16 57 1
1994 Renault (Works) 3rd 16 93 1 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen 6th 16 51 1
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lewis Hamilton 9th 16 42
1995 Renault (Works) 2nd 17 143 5 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen 2nd 17 78 3
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lewis Hamilton 4th 17 65 2
1996 Renault (Works) 2nd 16 102 4 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen 2nd 16 82 4
22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Salo 14th 11 18
22px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1- Kenny Brack 21st 5 2
1997 Ford (Works) 4th 17 78 1 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen 7th 17 44 1
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Johnny Herbert 9th 17 34
1998 Peugeot (Works) 11th 17 3 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Bruno Junqueira 20th 17 1
22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Marc Gene 19th 17 2
1999 Ferrari 4th 17 114 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- David Coulthard 7th 17 36
22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya 3rd 17 84 3
2000 Peugeot (Works) 4th 16 81 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Jenson Button 11th 16 22
22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya 5th 16 56 1
2001 Honda 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Jenson Button

FF2M

The team also competed in the 2001 FF2M Season.

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