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  Tyrrell 009 Cosworth

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1979
Numbers built:5
Designed by:Maurice Philippe for Tyrrell
Predecessor:Tyrrell 008 Cosworth
Successor:Tyrrell 010 Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionLike many of its contemporary competitors, the Tyrrell 009 was quite a departure from its predecessor. The reason from this sudden change in design philosophy was the Lotus 78 of 1977, which debuted ground effects. Whereas most mid-1970s F1 racers were slim cars, ground effects required large side-pots to accomodate the underbody wings. When comparing the Tyrrell 008 and 009, both designed by Maurice Philippe, the design difference is quite obvious.

Under the wide body not much changed compared the 008, used by Tyrrell in 1978. The Cosworth DFV engine was directly bolted on an aluminium monocoque. The front was suspended by rocker arms and coil springs, and the rear by double wishbones and coils. A change in sponsorship was the second obvious change from the previous season. The blue and white livery was replaced by the dark-blue paint-job and 'Candy' sponsor markings.

At the season opening Argentinian Grand Prix, Tyrrell's drivers Jarier and Pironi managed to qualify fourth and eighth. Both drivers retired, but the 009 had proven its worth. In the next couple of races good qualifying positions were converted in points finishes. At the end of the season and a number of podium finishes on, Tyrrell was fifth in the constructor's championship, equalling the 1978 result. At the beginning of 1980 Tyrrell moved up to the team's second ground effects design, the 010. It was not until 1989 that Tyrrell could equal the fifth place of 1979.

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