Paolo Barilla

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Paolo Barilla
Born (1961-04-20) 20 April 1961 (age 53)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 1989 - 1990
Teams Minardi
Races 15 (9 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1989 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1990 Spanish Grand Prix

Paolo Barilla (born 20 April 1961 in Milan, Italy) is a former Formula One driver who raced for the Minardi team. Paolo is one of the heirs of the vast Barilla pasta empire.

Barilla started racing in 1975 and won the Italian 100cc karting title in 1976. In 1980 he entered Formula Fiat Abarth, and moved up to Formula 3 in 1981, where he won some races and finished third in the Italian Championship. Barilla then entered Formula 2 in 1982 with Minardi, but between 1983 and 1988 he concentrated in sports car racing, winning 24 Hours of Le Mans by a three lap margin in 1985, among other victories, in the Joest Racing Porsche 956, co-driven at times with Klaus Ludwig, Paul Belmondo, Marc Duez, and Louis Krages (also known at the time as John Winter).

In 1987 Barilla returned to single-seaters and raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, before returning to Minardi in 1989 for a test. This test gave him the chance to replace Pierluigi Martini at Suzuka that year and afterwards was signed to drive for the team in 1990. Barilla wasn't quick enough to qualify regularly, and was replaced before the end of the year by Gianni Morbidelli.

Barilla then retired from racing and joined his family's businesses, where Paolo and his two brothers own a 51% stake in the company. Upon his return to the corporation, he briefly filled in as the CEO, before taking a more permanent position as a Vice-President. He has remained connected to motorsports in part due to Barilla's sponsorship of Alex Zanardi.

Racing record[edit]

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
1981 Minardi Team Minardi Fly 281 Ferrari SIL
HOC
THR
NÜR
VAL
MUG
PAU
PER
Ret
SPA
0
BMW DON
10
MIS
MAN
1982 Minardi Team Srl Minardi Fly 281B BMW SIL
7
HOC
Ret
THR
7
MUG
Ret
VAL
11
PAU
DNQ
SPA
12
HOC
12
DON
DSQ
MAN
Ret
PER
Ret
MIS
8
0
Ferrari NÜR
15
1983 Minardi Team Srl Minardi M283 BMW SIL
THR
HOC
NÜR
VAL
PAU
JAR
DON
MIS
PER
ZOL
NC
MUG
0

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1986 San Remo Racing March 85B Cosworth SIL
VAL
PAU
SPA
IMO
MUG
PER
ZEL
BIR
BUG
DNQ
JAR
0
1987 Pavesi Racing Ralt RT21 Cosworth SIL
11
VAL
Ret
SPA
Ret
PAU
8
PER
7
BRH
Ret
BIR
Ret
IMO
8
BUG
17
0
Ralt RT20 DON
10
JAR
DNQ
1988 Colin Bennett Racing March 88B Cosworth JER
Ret
17th 3
Spirit TOM's Racing Ralt 88D VAL
DNQ
PAU
Ret
SIL
Ret
MNZ
Ret
PER
DNQ
BRH
4
BIR
Jordan Racing BUG
Ret
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
7

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1989 Minardi SpA Minardi M189 Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
MON
MEX
USA
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
ESP
JPN
Ret
AUS
NC 0
1990 SCM Minardi Team Minardi M189 Cosworth V8 USA
Ret
BRA
Ret
NC 0
Minardi M190 SMR
11
MON
Ret
CAN
DNQ
MEX
14
FRA
DNQ
GBR
12
GER
DNQ
HUN
15
BEL
Ret
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
AUS

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
Henri Pescarolo
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1985 with:
Klaus Ludwig
Louis Krages
Succeeded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert