The team Rebaque was founded by Héctor Rebaque team, who took part in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1978 and 1979. Rebaque was the first Formula 1 team, which took up with a Mexican license. The team operated initially as a customer team that deployed the purchased chassis from Lotus; in the second year of its existence it was however temporarily into an independent designer. The team participated in 30 Formula part 1 races and scored a world championship point. After two years the team presented its undertaking.
The Mexican Héctor Rebaque was in 1977 made his debut in Formula 1 when he took on some race for the British team Hesketh. In six attempts, Rebaque only once failed to qualify; in this race he fell out after 20 laps. Since Rebaque for the coming season could not find a cockpit with an established team, he decided to start their own team, with which he took up 1978 Formula 1 World Championship. The team had Rebaque its basis in English Leamington Spa, but went nevertheless with Mexican license.
Formula 1 1978 season
1978 debuted the team Rebaque in Formula 1 driver as Héctor Rebaque was reported themselves. He was next to Emerson Fittipaldi and Arturo Merzario the only racing driver of the year, to took at all the races of the season with his own team.
In his debut season, the team took advantage of a used Rebaque, 1977 built Lotus 78 which was powered by a Cosworth DFV eight-cylinder engine.
In sixteen attempts, Héctor Rebaque could qualify nine times; He finished four races with finishs. The first finish for his team, he reached the third round of the season, the Grand Prix at Kyalami South Africa; here he was tenth. His best result achieved Rebaque the Grand Prix of Germany: started as 18, he came ultimately to sixth place ahead of John Watson in the Brabham - Alfa Romeo and before Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari to the finish. He won a spot in the Constructors' Championship, which was, however, credited to the Team Lotus, because Lotus had designed the car.
Formula 1 season 1979
In 1979 Héctor Rebaque working with his own team continues. For the first race of the year, the team Rebaque reported a Lotus 79, the " superior car of the year 1978 ', with the Mario Andretti was previously become Formula 1 World Champion in the year, and Lotus had decided the constructors' championship. As a Cosworth DFV drive again served engine.
However, the acquisition of the Lotus 79 was not able to in their own success, the team Rebaque. In the first six races of the 1979 season Héctor Rebaque could reach no single finish: Five times he fell out due to technical defects or because of driving error once - the Grand Prix of Brazil - he failed to qualify. For the seventh race of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, the team did not appear to. In the summer Rebaque finally was able to record three target arrivals; the best result was seventh place at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.
In the late summer of 1979 Rebaque replaced the Lotus 79 by the Rebaque HR 100 This acted it is a race car that Penske had designed and built Rebaques behalf and essentially represented a copy of the Lotus 79. The HR 100 debuted at the Grand Prix of Italy 1979. Rebaque was more than 8 seconds slower Jean -Pierre Jabouille, who went into the race in qualifying than later from the pole position. Rebaque however, missed this time the qualifications clearly. During the subsequent Canadian Grand Prix he qualified as a 22, but retired after 31 laps in the race after a break from the engine mount. At the last race of the season in the U.S. missed Rebaque again the qualification. This was the last attempt to qualify a HR 100 to a Formula 1 race.
For the 1980 season Rebaque was considering the construction of a new car These considerations, however, were not supported; the team Rebaque presented at the end of an operation. In part, this is attributed to difficulties with the tire supply or with the application. Rebaque began his motorsport career as a driver in 1980 and 1981 in the Brabham works team.
Long before the commitment to Formula 1, the team was active in sports car racing. So the Mexican racing team in 1974 came to Europe at the 24- hour race at Le Mans to go to the start. The Porsche 911 Carrera RSR racing alongside his compatriot Guillermo Héctor Rebaque Rojas, who also acted as a team partner. After just 60 laps, the Porsche fell after a loss at the ignition off prematurely.