Shannon Racing were an Irish FF1M Team that first raced in the 2000 FF1M Season up until the end of the 2011 season. The team first came about when team manager Andrew Quinn responded to a tweet from AFIA boss Ajayrious asking if anyone wanted to join the series, and thus, Shannon were formed. Throughout their career, they won 10 races and challenged for the 2006 championship against eventual winners FJR.
Andrew Quinn announced that he would join FF1M and made his debut in the 2000 season with the line-up of Rubens Barrichello and Olivier Panis. Their car was very reliable throughout the season which paid off with their first points at the Monaco Grand Prix. Shannon finished 10th in the constructor's championship with Barrichello and Panis sharing the 8 points equally amongst themselves.
2001 saw Shannon sign former FJR drivers Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jos Verstappen and obtain the Renault engines. Both drivers performed strongly throughout the season, even if they upset Quinn by colliding with each other at the Canadian Grand Prix. Frentzen scored Shannon's first podium at a wet-dry Belgian Grand Prix and Shannon beat Dark Wolf by 1 point to finish 5th in the constructor's championship.
For the 2002 season, Team Manager Andrew Quinn announced the driver line up of fellow Irish Man Eddie Irvine, and returning to the team after a season in FF2M, Rubens Barrichello. Irvine was due to retire at the end of this season, however this gave Shannon one of the most experienced line ups on the grid with over 300 races between them. Despite a relatively troubled season as their car couldn't match the top runners, Barrichello's experience paid off when he scored a surprise but no less deserved win at the German Grand Prix, Shannon's first. Bizarrely, Barrichello's win was the only 12 points he scored that season, and he was actually outscored by Irvine come the end of the season. 8th in the constructor's championship was the final result.
An all British line-up formed the Shannon team for the 2003 season with veteran David Coulthard and the young Anthony Davidson, who had a difficult first season with VTR. Shannon had a brand new turbo to aid their campaign, which proved handy in qualifying, but Coulthard's season was blighted by 75% retirement rate throughout the season mostly thanks to the unpredictable turbo. Even so, he managed a couple of podium finishes, while Davidson impressed, almost matching his experienced teammate on points. Like 2002, 8th was Shannon's reward in the constructor's championship.
Davidson was maintained for 2004 and was joined by Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi. The team concentrated on improving the reliability of the Renault turbo, and it paid off with only six retirements all season for Davidson and Liuzzi. While Davidson outscored his teammate by one point, it was the Italian who took two victories at Monaco and China. The Canadian GP also saw the first ever double podium finish for Shannon. A good season was rewarded with 3rd in the constructors championship.
Despite winning two races, Liuzzi was surprisingly dropped for 2005 in favour of Rubens Barrichello, while Davidson was retained. Changes to the turbo regulations affected Shannon's speed as results weren't as fruitful, and raising the power levels only made the car unreliable. Even so, Shannon still managed a handful of podium finishes including a double at Brazil, and the team ended up 6th in the championship.
2006 saw Liuzzi rejoin the team after a season in FF2M with OLM Racing, and he was joined by an FF1M rookie in the form of American Scott Speed, who drove for Shamrock Racing during the FF2M Asia season. The team got off to a sensational start with a 1-2 finish in the opening round at Bahrain, followed by further podium finished in the next two races. Although FJR and Nico Rosberg eventually found their feet, Shannon were able to keep up with them and take the championship to the final race of the season. However, a resurgent Michael Schumacher meant that FJR took both championships. Nevertheless, Shannon had their best season with 2nd place in both drivers and constructors championships.
Liuzzi was joined by Jenson Button for the 2007 season, which saw a significant change in the form of a normally aspirated Renault engine. Compared to his championship challenging season, Liuzzi struggled to adapt to the new engine characteristics and went the whole season without standing on the podium. Button managed two pole positions and four visits to the rostrum having comprehensively outperformed his Italian teammate, and both drivers took Shannon to a comparatively disappointing 6th in the constructors.
In an effort to return to the front, two rookie drivers were brought in for 2008 in the form of Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. The gamble paid off with Senna taking two wins at Hungary and Abu Dhabi. Maldonado was also quick, taking three pole positions and a best result of 2nd, also at Hungary, but he was by far the unluckier driver with 10 race retirements, one of which saw a loose wheel put him out of the lead at Hockenheim. Shannon eventually finished 3rd in the championship, beating their 2006 rivals FJR by a single point.
2009 saw no changes in the driver line-up, hoping that keeping it consistent would pay off in light of major regulation changes. Unfortunately, the season was a complete disaster, with an uncompetitive car and two fewer teams seeing Shannon fail to qualify for four races in a row early on. This was in spite of an emergency driver change that saw Maldonado replaced by Heikki Kovalainen during that particular spell. After the qualifying gremlins were sorted, there was a new problem. The car was unreliable, and Kovalainen retired from 10 out of 11 race starts. The race he did finish saw him stand on the podium after a chaotic United States GP at Sonoma Raceway. Out of 13 teams, Shannon finished 12th.
In light of their slump, 2010 saw Shannon poach Sebastian Vettel to partner alongside young Mexican hopeful Sergio Perez. With the field having returned to the standard 11 teams, there was no more pre-qualifying to worry about. At a highly eventful Brazilian GP, Vettel found himself leading the race with just a handful of laps to go. Although he had Sebastien Buemi bearing down on him, Vettel suffered a cruel mechanical failure, robbing him of a potential shock win. He would gain redemption in Abu Dhabi however, as he took advantage of Fernando Alonso's retirement to win what would turn out to be Shannon's last win, maintain their 100% record in the UAE. Perez's season was a complete contrast as he struggled to get to grips with FF1M, and perhaps because of that, Shannon finished 6th in the constructors, just 3 points off of FJR in what was a very close midfield.
With Vettel leaving the team to join Shake n Bake, another world champion was drafted in to partner Perez for 2011 in the form of Jarno Trulli. The three-time championship was entering the final season of his career, and it was hoped he would leave FF1M on a high, but sadly, an uncompetitive car diminished any chances of a strong finish for the Italian. With Perez continuing to struggle, Shannon could only score three points throughout the season and finish last in the championship. Come the end, the team had quietly departed FF1M.
*Failed to qualify for 5 races
Andrew Quinn also runs an FF2M team known as Shamrock Racing.
|Season||Engine||Ch. Pos||Races||Points||Wins||Drivers||Ch. Pos||Races||Points||Wins|
|2004 (Asia)||Mecachrome||7th||8||29||Ryan Briscoe||8th||8||26|
|2004 (Europe)||Mecachrome||7th||8||23||1||Ryan Briscoe||10th||8||23||1|