One of several team owners forced to look for a new engine deal with Renault’s departure from the scene at the end of 1986, Ken Tyrrell decided to make a virtue of necessity by going straight to a normally-aspirated engine. The venerable Ford DFV engine had been redesigned as the DFY to try and compete with the turbos in the early 1980s, and the next generation was the DFZ, which would power the new DG016 chassis. The “DG” at the start of the serial referenced Tyrrell’s new title sponsor, portable computer makers Data General. The neat-looking car, now turned out in black and white, would be driven by Phillippe Streiff, but Martin Brundle left for the well-funded Zakspeed outfit and was replaced by Jonathan Palmer going the other way. Tyrrell weren’t expecting great things from 1987, but rather to build for the future.

Streiff Palmer 873. Jonathan Palmer gb (right)

31-year-old Palmer had had a trying few years in Formula one, having signed first for the RAM team and then two years with new boys Zakspeed. An experienced test and development driver, he must nonetheless have been frustrated with the lack of results – or even finishes – he was able to look back on. Perhaps Tyrrell would provide more reliability and results?

4. Philippe Streiff fr (left)

Streiff had never quite hit the heights again of his third place for Ligier at the inaugural Australian Grand Prix in 1985, but he had proved a safe pair of hands for Tyrrell through a difficult 1986 season and was retained for a further season.


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