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Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ensign
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Full Name Team Ensign
Base Burntwood, Staffordshire
Founder(s) Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mo Nunn
Team Principal(s) Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mo Nunn
Technical Director Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mo Nunn


Ensign was a British Formula One constructor that raced from the early 1970s to the early 1980s.

In 1976, Ensign signed Gunnar Nilsson to a full-time drive with the second seat being on rotation for any suitable drivers with budget. The business model worked well as the team could focus their attention on Nilsson whilst ensuring the budget was topped up by as many as eight different drivers throughout the year. The decent chassis also meant this was one of the best drives "for sale" on the grid. Nilsson was a semi-regular point scorer in 1976, picking up occasional points when attrition took hold. However, Nilsson scored an astounding result in the Canadian Grand Prix, taking a career best second place overall in absolutely torrid conditions. This would be his and Ensign's first podium in Formula One. Ensign finished the year sixth in the Constructor's standings.

1977 saw some stability with Lotus exile and fellow Swede Ronnie Peterson joining Nilsson. The pairing were unremarkable in all honesty, but still managed several points scores to help the team into seventh place.

Nilsson departed for newly-formed Arrows in 1978 - so the team signed highly-rated American Bobby Rahal to fill his seat.

Complete Formula 1 Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC WEC
1976 Team Ensign Ensign N176 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON SOV FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN 20 6th 6th
21 Flag of Sweden svg.png Gunnar Nilsson 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 6 2 8 Ret
22 Flag of Brazil svg.png Alex Ribeiro 6 Ret Ret
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ian Scheckter 5
Flag of Spain (1945-1977) svg.png Emilio di Villota Ret Ret 12† Ret 10
Flag of Belgium svg.png Patrick Nève Ret
Flag of France svg.png François Migault 5
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Brian Henton Ret
Flag of France svg.png Henri Pescarolo Ret 5 Ret
Flag of Japan svg.png Noritake Takahara 13
1977 F&S Properties Team Ensign Ensign N176B Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA TUS SOV GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA JPN 14 7th 7th
21 Flag of Sweden svg.png Gunnar Nilsson Ret 8 7 Ret Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret 6 6 Ret 8 6 12 Ret 9
22 Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson Ret 4 5 8 13 13 5 9 6 5 10 8 10 13 13 7 Ret
1978 F&S Properties Team Ensign Ensign N178 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON SUI TUS GBR FRA NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA 1 10th 10th
21 Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson 8 Ret Ret 11 DNPQ 9 11 9 6 9 Ret Ret 9 9 Ret Ret
22 Flag of the United States svg.png Bobby Rahal Ret Ret 17 12 DNPQ 11 14 Ret Ret 12 10 12 11 Ret 9 Ret
1979 Team Ensign Ensign N179 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RZA USW ESP BEL MON EUR SMR FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0* —* —*
21 Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ
Flag of Belgium svg.png Silvio Bachot DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
22 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Jan Lammers DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ
Flag of Germany svg.png Timo Fuchs DNQ
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