The underfunded car that holds a notable F1 record

The underfunded car that holds a notable F1 record

While Fondmetal might be more familiar to some Formula 1 fans for its Minardi sponsorship, the company had a go at running its own grand prix squad. Here's the story of its best car, which grabbed an F1 record it is unlikely to lose

One might recognise the Fondmetal name (pronounced 'fond-muh-TAHL') from its appearances on the rear wing of a series of late 1990s Minardi.

An alloy wheels manufacturer founded by the late Gabriele Rumi, once a considerable shareholder in Giancarlo Minardi's team before Paul Stoddart bought it out, Fondmetal is still churning out wheels to this day.

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