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.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just