Check out this onboard footage of Ivan Capelli driving the March CG891 at the recent Adelaide Motorsports Festival.
The March CG891 was the second F1 car designed by Adrian Newey (after the previous year’s March 881) and raced in the 1989 F1 season.
Former March and Leyton House driver of the time Ivan Capelli took it for a few laps of a shortened version of the Adelaide street circuit at the recent Adelaide Motorsports Festival. The car is powered by a 3.5-litre Judd V8 and it seems like Capelli was keen to get as much out of it as possible – it sounds great!
Although it wasn’t as successful as Newey’s other March and Leyton house designs, Mauricio Gugelmin did manage to take fastest lap with it in the restarted French Grand Prix after suffering a massive first lap accident. He also managed to take the cars best results of the year with a trio of 7th places (he finished 3rd in the Brazilian GP that year, but it was with the previous year’s car).
Capelli wasn’t as successful in 1989. He finished twice on the podium in 1988 and came close to winning the 1990 French Grand Prix before Alain Prost demoted him to second with just three laps to go.
Capelli was widely tipped for a successful career but a move to Ferrari for 1992 didn’t work out and shattered his confidence. The following year he was out of F1 for good.