The Arrows team had seen a solid couple of seasons and a welcome stability compared to the hand-to-mouth days of the early 80s. However, there had been a sense of treading water, too, with the same driver pairing in 1987, 88 and 89 and there was a certain “fresh start” ambience to the team. The team’s new owner, the Japanese Footwork corporation meant a jaunty red and white livery, and they would combine the experience of Michele Alboreto with the undoubted talent of Alex Caffi for the team’s first all-Italian driver lineup since Patrese and Stohr in 1981.
9. Michele Alboreto
The veteran had had a difficult 1989 following his departure from Ferrari after 1988. Early signs were promising with a podium finish in the Tyrrell, but then a sponsorship clash of all things saw him turfed out and winding up in pre-qualifying with the Larrousse squad. He would be hoping for more chance to rebuilt his career in the Arrows.
10. Alex Caffi
The young Italian’s stock had risen further in 1989 with a series of great qualifying laps in particular but his results were inconsistent, often breaking down in the Dallara or tangling with other midfield runners. He might have had a famous second place – who knows, possibly even a win – if not pushed into the wall by de Cesaris in Phoenix and his lack of points didn’t seem to have affected his reputation any. He will hope the Arrows car proves more reliable than his old Dallara.