Andrea Bertolini

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Andrea Bertolini
Andrea Bertolini 2004.jpg
Andrea Bertolini at Zhuhai International Circuit in 2004
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1973-12-01) December 1, 1973 (age 41)
Sassuolo (Italy)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team AF Corse
Car no. 71
Previous series
2011
2010
2001-03, 05-09
2003, 05-07
Superstars Series
FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT Championship
American Le Mans Series
Championship titles
2006, 08-09
2010
2011
FIA GT Championship GT1
FIA GT1 World Championship
International Superstars Series

Andrea Bertolini (born December 1, 1973 in Sassuolo) is an Italian race car driver currently driving for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is the official test driver of the Maserati factory. Bertolini began racing at a young age, working as the youngest ever test driver for Ferrari at 19, followed by work in the experimental and development department. He also participated in the development of the Maserati MC12,[1] in which he has enjoyed racing success winning for three times the FIA GT Championship in GT1 class, and also claiming the first edition of the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Racing history[edit]

Andrea Bertolini driving an MC12 at Road Atlanta in the ALMS

Andrea Bertolini began racing karts at age 11. He came second in the Italian Championship, won championships at a national level, and went on to win the CIAK Cup and place second in the Italian 125 Championship in 2000.[1] In 2001 he drove a Porsche 996 GT3-R for Art Engineering in the GT3 division of the FIA GT.[2] In 2002 he moved to JMB Racing driving a Ferrari 360 Modena and continued through 2003 finishing 4th.

In 2004 he moved to the Giesse Squadra Corse team, again driving a 360 Modena. Once again, he placed 2nd overall, and was awarded the "Driver Performance of the Year".[1][2] Part way through 2004, he was offered a position on the Maserati AF Corse team driving their new, GT1 class Maserati MC12, a car he had been involved in developing.[2] He accepted, winning two races that year at Oschersleben, Germany and Zhuhai, China with his team mate, former Formula One driver, Mika Salo.[3]

In 2005 he returned to JMB Racing, again driving an MC12. He finished the season tied 4th (with team mate Karl Wendlinger), within 4 points of first.[4]

Andrea Bertolini also raced his MC12 in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2005 but without much success. He made no podium finishes and crashed out in the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[5]

For 2006 in the FIA GT, Bertolini moved to Vitaphone Racing Team where he again raced the MC12, with teammate Michael Bartels. Bartels and Bertolini finished first in the overall driver standings, and also their team to a 1st place finish in the team standings.[6]

Bertolini and Bartels also won the championship again driving the same Vitaphone Maserati in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 he won the International Superstars Series driving a Maserati Quattroporte for Swiss Team.

Bertolini became the first person to drive Ferrari's new F1 Simulator at an opening ceremony held at the Italian teams' Maranello base.[7]

For 2012, Bertolini will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving an AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 with Olivier Beretta.

See also[edit]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati ABU
QR

3
ABU
CR

4
SIL
QR

3
SIL
CR

7
BRN
QR

1
BRN
CR

5
PRI
QR

1
PRI
CR

1
SPA
QR

Ret
SPA
CR

7
NÜR
QR

10
NÜR
CR

6
ALG
QR

2
ALG
CR

1
NAV
QR

7
NAV
CR

6
INT
QR

8
INT
CR

9
SAN
QR

12
SAN
CR

7
1st 138

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 Italy AF Corse Monaco Olivier Beretta
Italy Marco Cioci
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
326 22nd 4th
2013 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal
United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
300 34th 10th
2014 Russia SMP Racing Russia Victor Shaitar
Russia Aleksey Basov
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Am
196 DNF DNF

References[edit]

http://www.andreabertolini.it/

  1. ^ a b c "Andrea Bertolini". Vitaphone Racing. Retrieved 2006-10-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "FIA GT Driver Bio". FIA GT. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  3. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2004". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  4. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2005". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Unlucky Race for MC12 at Laguna Seca". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  6. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2006". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Noble (23 December 2009). "Ferrari unveils new simulator". Autosport. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gabriele Gardel
FIA GT Champion
2006 with:
Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
Thomas Biagi
Preceded by
Thomas Biagi
FIA GT Champion
2008-2009 with:
Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
None
(Series Ended)
Preceded by
None
(Series Started)
FIA GT1 World Champion
2010 with:
Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
Michael Krumm
Lucas Luhr
Preceded by
Thomas Biagi
International Superstars Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Johan Kristoffersson