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Even Eurobrun Gets the Blues - Part 07 - Formula One Needs Orange Cars (But a Good One is Lacking ATM)

The ER189 wasn’t just a new car for Eurobrun to try to get back to the grid. But also meant changes in the livery and the sponsorship, namely Jagermeister, the new sponsor of the team.

Since Jagermeister carried the orange as its official colors, Eurobrun ditched the white-livery and brought a new look that would make Netherlands football time proud as ever. And, IMHO, orange should be more explored at Formula 1.

However, the new car wasn’t that better as the old one (which was still alive in form of a spare car), and the disappointment was visible, or should be. The result was Foitek leaving the outfit after Belgian GP.

Monza arrived and Eurobrun resorted to a drastic solution: bring back Larrauri! The Argentinian was busy with his sportscar appointments but found time to return to his former F1 home and do the attempt to save it from darkness. But things would never get better.

Jagermeister found it too and pulled it out at the end of the season, leaving the car plain black for Australian GP, another time that Eurobrun wouldn’t past pre-qualifying.

Even Eurobrun Gets the Blues - Part 05 - Changes

What could be a brilliant season for a team coming to its first season finished sour to Eurobrun, which quickly had to pick up the parts and get ready for the 1989 season, where things would change dramatically.

First of all, Euroracing quit in a sort of way with the team. In a sort of way because Eurobrun kept itself based in Italy, some people from Euroracing still worked for the team, and even the name remained the same! But the partnership with Walter Brun was cut in the grounds of total collaboration.

Meanwhile, Brun himself wasn’t satisfied with the team. First, he tried to buy Lotus and Brabham, but both tries failed. Then, the only solution was keep his operation alive, with a few personnel operation, as Pierluigi Corbari became team manager.

Brun Zava remained and updated the old ER188 model with a version called ER188B. Eurobrun replaced Ford engines with Judds and cut the team to only one car, with Swiss Gregor Foitek as the driver.

Even Eurobrun Gets the Blues - Part 06 - Grid? What Grid?

After the changes made, the still white (but now with some details and JSK sponsorship) Eurobrun was in the pace to kick off the 1989 in style. The ER188B made quite well in the new field of pre-qualifying, where 13 cars fought now for the remaining spots in the main session. Foitek managed a 3rd to promote himself to weekend battle for the grid. He even managed to attain a 24th in the Friday, but engine trouble kept him off the grid.

But little knew Foitek and the team that was the only time they past the pre-qualifiying sessions in the entire season. In the remaining races of the year, the car was too off the pace and never managed to get better, mosty due to lack of money for proper development of the car, which prompted the outfit to use their parts the maximum they could, to not good results (such as a crash in Canada)

Eurobrun hired George Rytom (formerly from Ferrari) to create the new car for the second half of the season. That car, named ER 189, was to appear at the German GP, but next chapter will tell it all about its adventures