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GP Week : Issue 52
Winning combination: Adrian Campos, left, and Dallara have won together before – in GP2, above. Dallara is also a world leader in Formula 3, above right, and IndyCar, right, design. The design house has also had a couple of attempts at F1 glory, starting with Scuderia Italia in the late 1980s, far top right, and Honda in the late 1990s, far right. sport back then? The sport then had some exceptional teams, for example Ferrari, Williams, most of the other teams were using the same gearbox and engine. This allowed teams to design and build competitive cars for relatively small budgets. How much did it cost in those days for you to design and build Scuderia Italia’s car? The cost of the complete project, design, aerodynamics, producing the cars and the spare parts, engines and everything totalled €3,000,000. You achieved podiums in that era, can you do so with Campos? I believe that it is nearly impossible in the first season. What is the aim for the team? The aim of our team is to be the most competitive and fastest of the new entry teams, and to continuously improve our performance through the season. What will your involvement be? Integral to the team management or just a supplier? The activities of the two groups (Dallara and Campos) will be completely interactive, we will be permanently making updates in order to improve and develop our car. How much has changed from a design perspective, and how much has changed from a safety point of view, between the Scuderia Italia days and the modern era? Today it is a completely new and improved era. We used to use basic 2D CAD and many parts were still drawn by hand. Today we have a large knowledge on using CFD, FEA and also we have the possibility to stress and fatigue test parts at our premises. The Scuderia Italia was developed with approximately 200 hours of wind tunnel testing with a 25 percent scale model. Let’s talk about the Honda test car that you designed. How close was that project to reaching F1? The car was designed and built to the  standards. We had a large group of engineers collaborating with us to design the car, a great number of them were British, ex-Tyrrell F1. The car was tested in the winter by Jos Verstappen. At the first test in Spain the car performed extremely well and was competitive, this was greatly thanks to Harvey Postlethwaite. How was it working with Harvey Postlethwaite? Working with Harvey was a pleasure. We met in the Wolf F1 era, becoming close personally and technically. He was an extremely innovative designer. You’ve clearly had designs on coming back to F1 for some time, with rumours of you making a comeback in 2004. Why has it only happened now? To be honest, we had almost