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This article is about a Formula One team. For other meanings of 'Arrow' and 'Arrows', see Arrow (disambiguation)
The Arrows Formula One team was founded in 1977, by Italian financier Franco Ambrosio (A), Alan Rees (R), Jackie Oliver (O), Dave Wass (W) and Tony Southgate (S) when Rees, Oliver, Wass and Southgate left the Shadow team.
Ambrosio left the team due to being jailed for financial irregularities in Italy. Shadow sued for copyright infringement, claiming that the Arrows FA/1 was just a copy of the Shadow DN9. The team, decided to build a new car called the A1. This was completed in 52 days and appeared the day after the High Court in London banned the team from racing the FA/1.
In September, at Monza, Italy, Patrese was involved in an accident which claimed the life of Ronnie Peterson and he was banned from racing in America by his fellow drivers.
In March 1996 Tom Walkinshaw bought the team, in September Walkinshaw signed up World Champion Damon Hill and hired wealthy Brazilian Pedro Diniz to help pay for Hill. The team nearly secured a maiden victory at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix when a combination of race events gave Hill the lead but a gearbox failure in the final laps of the race saw him finish second.
In 2002 the team ran out of money halfway through the season and did not appear at any more races. As a result it went into liquidation at the end of the season.
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