Following those embarrassing first couple of years of the World Championship when Mays and Berthon thought they would take the grand prix world by storm with its problematic T15, British Racing Motors would come to be owned by the Owen Racing Organization and would pull out of the World Championship throughout the Formula 2 era. The return of Formula One regulations to the World Championship would also hail the return of BRM, but not with a car of its own design. All of that would change come the end of the 1955 season. But the question remained, 'Would BRM's fortunes change?'
Owen Racing Organization had come to own BRM but was without the use of a suitable chassis given new Formula One regulations. This was both good and bad. It was good in more than one way. For one thing, the new regulations prohibited the use of the expensive and troublesome Type 15. Secondly, the inability of the team to use the car meant the team could very much start from scratch. And therein was the problem: the team didn't have a car it could use to race.
Thankfully for BRM there was Maserati. Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon had convinced more than one about the notion of a national racing team concept. This gave birth to British Racing Motors. However, by 1954, a bit of irony would come to mark the once pride of British motor racing.
After a couple of years of Ferrari domination, Maserati would be Italian manufacturer in the better position with the return of Formula One regulations to the World Championship. The best part was that Maserati made its new chassis, the 250F, available to customers. And so, after having gotten its start as a team intent on building up England as the most prominent manufacturer and team in Formula One, BRM would turn to the Italian manufacturer Maserati for its means back into Formula One.
So, BRM would be in line for a new 250F and would take delivery of the chassis toward the later half of the 1954 season. However, the team's return to Formula One would be further delayed since it would have to send its new chassis to Prince Bira as payment for Ron Flockhart's mistake in the British Grand Prix. Ron Flockhart had been a driver for Owen Racing when he gained use of Bira's Maserati for use in the British Grand Prix. Therefore, BRM's chassis 2509 would become 2504 while 2504 would be repaired and take on the number 2509. Unfortunately, the need to have the chassis rebuilt meant Owen Racing would not take part in a race throughout the remainder of the 1954 season.
Having had the Maserati repaired by the start of the 1955 season Owen Racing Organization would become a major force in national non-championship Formula One races. Unfortunately, even with the use of a brand new Maserati the team would still struggle on the international scene. Still, the Maserati would only be a stop-gap measure as Owen and the rest of the team would be intent on reversing the team's fortunes when it came to building a powerful British racing team.
Even when Owen Racing had taken delivery of its Maserati from the factory the team's attentions were already focused on the future and its own new chassis design. Designated the Type 25, the car would be a little late in arriving but would finally make its debut at the Daily Telegraph Trophy race on the 3rd of September.
Eerily similar to the start BRM got back in 1950, the new BRM T25 would suffer a crash in practice for the non-championship event held at Aintree and would end up not being able to start the race. Hence, the actual debut of the T25 would be delayed until the International Gold Cup race held at Oulton Park on the 24th of September.
Despite having a great deal of excitement and confidence concerning the new T25, the reality would be that Peter Collins would struggle in the race starting well down and then falling out of the race altogether after just 9 laps with falling oil pressure. This would be a very difficult debut but certainly had to be expected given the new nature of the car.
Unfortunately, it didn't get much better after the debut. The car would be practiced at Castle Combe in the beginning of October in anticipation of the Avon Trophy race. However, it would only practice. The Maserati would be the car that would then be entered in the race itself.
Then it was the offseason. The break would certainly afford Owen Racing more time to prepare its T25 chassis, but, the little track experience certainly was not helping its development at all. Therefore, the team needed to continue working on the car and taking any and all opportunities to get it out on the track to thoroughly test it and rid it of its teething issues.
One option Owen Racing had before them had been to ship its car across the South Atlantic to Argentina for the first round of the 1956 Formula One World Championship. It would certainly provide the team with an opportunity to give the T25 more miles. But, such a proposal did come with its red flags.
The first round of the 1956 Formula One World Championship would come early. As with the previous few years, the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina was set to host the first round of the World Championship on the 22nd of January. For many teams this started the 1956 season out really early. For Owen Racing this was again good and bad. Seeing that the Argentine Grand Prix would take place so early in the year the team had the potential of using the opportunity to thoroughly test and prepare its new T25 chassis. However, shipping a team across the Atlantic was by no means an easy and cheap proposition. So, if the team was to make the trip they certainly wanted the best chance possible at coming away with a good result to help offset its costs. Therefore, a car still very much in development didn't seem like a good option to take if the team was for sure intent on making the trip.
As a result, it would not be all that surprising that when Owen Racing Organization did show up in Buenos Aires for the Argentine Grand Prix it did so with its tried and true Maserati 250F. The team would also arrive at the race with a tried and tested driver as well.
Mike Hawthorn had left Scuderia Ferrari to drive for one of Owen Racing's main British rivals, Vandervell Products Ltd. Vandervell was very much on the rise, but at the time Hawthorn joined the team their new car was still suffering and led to some very forgettable moments for Hawthorn, especially the Belgian Grand Prix.
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