Gianni Morbidelli

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Gianni Morbidelli
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Nationality  Italian
Born (1968-01-13) 13 January 1968 (age 46)
Pesaro, Marche, Italy
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2006
Current team ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Car no. 10
Former teams N. Technology
Starts 32
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 14th in 2006
Previous series
20102012
20092013
1998
19901997
V8 Supercars
Superstars Series
BTCC
Formula One
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19901992, 19941995, 1997
Teams Scuderia Italia (Dallara), Minardi, Ferrari, Footwork, Sauber
Races 70 (67 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 8.5
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1990 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1997 Japanese Grand Prix

Gianni Morbidelli (born January 13, 1968 in Pesaro[1]) is a racing driver from Italy. He is the son of Giancarlo Morbidelli, the founder of Morbidelli motorcycle company which had success in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Morbidelli participated in 70 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on March 11, 1990. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of 8.5 championship points. He competes in the World Touring Car Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Morbidelli starting karting in 1980, spending six years until he became the EUR-AM championship winner, before moving to Italian Formula Three.[2] He became Italian Formula 3 and Formula 3 European Cup champion in 1989, as well as winning two races in Italian Touring Cars.[3] He then moved to the Scuderia Italia Formula One team, doing the first 2 races of the 1990 F1 season as stand-in for Emanuele Pirro, before concentrating on Formula 3000. He won 1 race and finished 5th in the 1990 championship, as well as undertaking test driver duties for Scuderia Ferrari for that year.[4]

Formula One[edit]

Resuming his F1 career at the end of the 1990 season, Morbidelli competed in the final two races of the season with Minardi, where he remained until the end of 1992.[2] He briefly joined Ferrari for the 1991 Australian Grand Prix, drafted in after Alain Prost left the team, where Morbidelli earned his first Formula One points, earning half a point for 6th after a rain-shortened race. A lack of sponsorship led to him leaving Minardi to rejoin Italian Touring Cars for 1993, where he drove an Alfa Romeo 155 to two wins for Alfa Corse, before being hired by Footwork Arrows for 1994.[3] He managed four point-scoring positions in two years with the team, including his only podium place finish in the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, earning third place in a race of high attrition. Morbidelli became Footwork Arrows' most successful driver, with a total of eight points for the team.

Morbidelli also competed in the Italian Superturismo Championship for 1995, scoring two race wins, and, after spending a year out in 1996 testing for Jordan, gained another podium that year.[2] Back in Formula One for 1997, he raced in several mid-season events for Sauber as a replacement for Nicola Larini.[3] He scored no points and was not classified in the championship for that year. His unsuccessful season, and two injuries by separate testing accidents, led to Morbidelli retiring from Formula One racing.[2]

Post-Formula One[edit]

Morbidelli driving for Volvo in the 1998 British Touring Car Championship.

In 1998 he drove for Volvo in the British Touring Car Championship, but was not as competitive as his team-mate Rickard Rydell, who won that year's title. His only competitive showing was in the summer meeting at Thruxton, where he charged from near the back of the back to finish fourth, passing many cars in the process. Morbidelli then spent several years in various European touring car series', with a high point in the 2001 European Touring Car Championship, where he raced the BMW 320i to fifth place in the championship, winning the last race at Estoril.[5] Morbidelli raced in the Italian round of the 2004 season in a SEAT Toledo, but scored no points and did not contest in further meetings.

Morbidelli drove a Lamborghini in several grand tourer races in 2005, and moved back to touring cars for 2006. Competing in the World Touring Car Championship for N-Technology, he managed two second places in an Alfa Romeo 156.[6] Not as competitive as when he was driving the BMW, he moved back to GT racing for 2007, winning two races in the ADAC GT Masters series. He has had considerable success in the Italian Superstars Championship, where Morbidelli won the title with both Audi RS4 and BMW M3 three years in a row from 2007.[2] The short-lived Speedcar Series gave him another championship title, where he won the 2008–09 championship. The season featured a close fight with defending champion Johnny Herbert, with Morbidelli finishing one place ahead in the final round to win the title.[7]

He is making his WTCC return in 2014, driving a Chevrolet Cruze for Münnich Motorsport.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1990 BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara F190 Cosworth V8 USA
DNQ
BRA
14
SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP NC 0
SCM Minardi Minardi M190 JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1991 Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari V12 USA
Ret
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
11
GER
Ret
HUN
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
9
POR
9
ESP
14
JPN
Ret
24th 0.5
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 643 AUS
6
1992 Minardi Team Minardi M191B Lamborghini V12 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
7
ESP
Ret
NC 0
Minardi M192 SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
11
FRA
8
GBR
17
GER
12
HUN
DNQ
BEL
16
ITA
Ret
POR
14
JPN
14
AUS
10
1994 Footwork Footwork FA15 Ford V8 BRA
Ret
PAC
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
HUN
Ret
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
POR
9
EUR
11
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
22nd 3
1995 Footwork Footwork FA16 Hart V8 BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
13
ESP
11
MON
9
CAN
6
FRA
14
GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
3
14th 5
1997 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas V10 AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP
14
CAN
10
FRA GBR GER HUN
Ret
BEL
9
ITA
12
AUT
9
LUX
9
JPN
DNS
EUR NC 0

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos Pts
1998 Volvo S40 Racing Volvo S40 THR
1

6
THR
2

11
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

5
DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

10
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

9*
DON
1

6
DON
2

7
CRO
1

10
CRO
2

7*
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

11
THR
1

8
THR
2

4
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

9
SIL
1

17
SIL
2

Ret
11th 56

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2006 N. Technology Alfa Romeo 156 ITA
1

29†
ITA
2

10
FRA
1

20
FRA
2

14
GBR
1

12
GBR
2

7
GER
1

9
GER
2

11
BRA
1

7
BRA
2

2
MEX
1

7
MEX
2

2
CZE
1

17
CZE
2

14
TUR
1

10
TUR
2

16
ESP
1

13
ESP
2

11
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

DNS
14th 22
2014 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 MAR
1

15
MAR
2

6
FRA
1

11
FRA
2

9
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

1
SVK
1

6
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

10
AUT
2

6
RUS
1

12
RUS
2

8
BEL
1

4
BEL
2

6
ARG
1

12
ARG
2

14
BEI
1

4
BEI
2

7
CHN
1

11
CHN
2

13
JPN
1

JPN
2

MAC
1

MAC
2

9th* 103*

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete International Superstars Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2009 ROAL Motorsport BMW M3 (E90) IMO
R1

2
IMO
R2

Ret
ALG
R1

1
ALG
R2

1
MUG
R1

2
MUG
R2

5
MNZ
R1

9
MNZ
R2

1
KYA
R1

5
KYA
R2

4
1st 123
2010 Team BMW Italia BMW M3 (E92) MNZ
R1

3
MNZ
R2

Ret
IMO
R1

5
IMO
R2

17
ALG
R1

6
ALG
R2

2
HOC
R1

4
HOC
R2

5
CPR
R1

2
CPR
R2

Ret
VAL
R1

12
VAL
R2

18
KYA
R1

KYA
R2

6th 74
2011 Hopmobile Audi Sport Italia Audi RS4 MNZ
R1

MNZ
R2

VNC
R1

VNC
R2

ALG
R1

ALG
R2

DON
R1

DON
R2

MIS
R1

DNS
MIS
R2

DNS
SPA
R1

15
SPA
R2

Ret
MUG
R1

Ret
MUG
R2

9
VAL
R1

Ret
VAL
R2

2
15th 18
2012 Audi Sport Italia Audi RS5 MNZ
R1

7
MNZ
R2

5
IMO
R1

17
IMO
R2

14
DON
R1

1
DON
R2

1
MUG
R1

Ret
MUG
R2

DNS
HUN
R1

13
HUN
R2

Ret
SPA
R1

1
SPA
R2

1
VAL
R1

18
VAL
R2

5
PER
R1

6
PER
R2

Ret
4th 128
2013 Audi Sport Italia Audi RS5 MNZ
R1

4
MNZ
R2

4
BRN
R1

11
BRN
R2

2
SVK
R1

Ret
SVK
R2

3
ZOL
R1

1
ZOL
R2

1
ALG
R1

1
ALG
R2

1
DON
R1

4
DON
R2

1
IMO
R1

2
IMO
R2

1
VAL
R1

3
VAL
R2

7
1st 233

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2010 Triple F Racing YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9
QLD
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HDV
R13
HDV
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
Q
PHI
R17
BAT
R18
SUR
R19

9
SUR
R20

Ret
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
NC 0 †
2011 Triple F Racing YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
Q
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

22
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
79th 45
2012 Triple F Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

17
SUR
R23

19
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 †

† Not eligible for points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gianni Morbidelli-Career". Gianni Morbidelli. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "DRIVERS: GIANNI MORBIDELLI". grandprix.com. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ October 1991 Information
  5. ^ "2001 FIA EUROPEAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP-Drivers Championship". FIA. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  6. ^ "2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship-Driver Championship". FIA. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Liuzzi wins Bahrain finale, Morbidelli takes $500,000 prize". automobilsport.com. 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joachim Winkelhock
FIA European Formula Three Cup
Winner

1989
Succeeded by
Alessandro Zanardi
Preceded by
Emanuele Naspetti
Italian Formula Three Championship
Champion

1989
Succeeded by
Roberto Colciago
Preceded by
Luis Pérez-Sala
Formula One Indoor Trophy
Winner

1990
Succeeded by
Gabriele Tarquini
Preceded by
Max Pigoli
Superstars Series
Italian Champion

2007, 2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Thomas Biagi
Preceded by
Johnny Herbert
Speedcar Series
Champion

2008–09
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Stefano Gabellini
Superstars Series
International Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Thomas Biagi
Preceded by
Johan Kristoffersson
Superstars Series
International & Italiano Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent