Pierluigi Martini

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Pierluigi Martini
Born (1961-04-23) 23 April 1961 (age 53)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19841985, 19881995
Teams Toleman, Minardi, Scuderia Italia
Races 124 (119 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 18
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1984 Italian Grand Prix
Last race 1995 German Grand Prix

Pierluigi Martini (born April 23, 1961 in Lugo) is an Italian former racing driver. He participated in 124 Formula One Grand Prix's (119 starts) between 1984 and 1995.

Career[edit]

Martini driving for Minardi at the 1994 British Grand Prix.
Martini driving for Minardi at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

Martini's uncle, Giancarlo Martini, raced during the 1970s, including some non-championship races in a Ferrari 312T entered by Scuderia Everest, a team owned by Giancarlo Minardi. Pierluigi's younger brother, Oliver, is also a racing driver.[1]

Martini participated in 124 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 9 September 1984, driving for Toleman in place of suspended Ayrton Senna at the 1984 Italian Grand Prix. He scored a total of 18 championship points and was synonymous with the Minardi team (run by the same Giancarlo Minardi who had previously owned Scuderia Everest). Indeed, aside from a single outing with Toleman and a one-season dalliance with Scuderia Italia, Martini's entire career was spent with the Italian outfit. He raced with the minnow team in three different stints, drove for them on their debut in 1985, scored their first point in the 1988 Detroit Grand Prix, their only front-row start at the 1990 United States Grand Prix (aided by special Pirelli tyres; several of their other drivers had surprise qualifying results that day), their only lap leading a race in the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, and their joint-best F1 result of 4th.

After Formula One, Martini started a successful sportscar career. His first race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 1996 with a Porsche run by Joest Racing. 1997 brought a fourth place finish in a Porsche 911 GT1 which he also raced in the FIA GT Championship that year. In 1998, he joined the brand new Le Mans program of BMW Motorsports.

In 1999, Martini, Yannick Dalmas and Joachim Winkelhock won the Le Mans 24 Hours.[1] The trio drove for BMW. The team had to fight both Toyota and Mercedes works cars and won the race by a lap from the runner-up Toyota.

Martini returned to motorsports in 2006, competing in the Grand Prix Masters series for retired Formula One drivers.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1986 Pavesi Racing SIL
19
VAL
10
PAU
DNQ
SPA
11
IMO
1
MUG
1
PER
2
ZEL
7
BIR
2
BUG
Ret
JAR
DSQ
3rd 27
1987 Pavesi Racing SIL
5
VAL
Ret
SPA
Ret
PAU
7
DON
8
PER
2
BRH
20
BIR
Ret
IMO
Ret
BUG
7
JAR
9
11th 8
1988 First Racing JER
8
VAL
11
PAU
3
SIL
10
MNZ
Ret
PER
1
BRH
2
BIR
3
BUG
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
10
4th 23

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 17 WDC Points
1984 Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG184 Hart Straight-4 BRA RSA BEL SMR FRA MON CAN DET DAL GBR GER AUT NED ITA
DNQ
EUR POR NC 0
1985 Minardi Team Minardi M185 Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
NC 0
MM V6 SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
11
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
BEL
12
EUR
Ret
RSA
Ret
AUS
8
1988 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Cosworth V8 BRA SMR MON MEX CAN DET
6
FRA
15
GBR
15
GER
DNQ
HUN
Ret
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
13
AUS
7
17th 1
1989 Minardi Team SpA Minardi M188B Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
15th 5
Minardi M189 MEX
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
9
HUN
Ret
BEL
9
ITA
7
POR
5
ESP
Ret
JPN AUS
6
1990 SCM Minardi Team Minardi M189 Cosworth V8 USA
7
BRA
9
NC 0
Minardi M190 SMR
DNS
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
12
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
Ret
POR
11
ESP
Ret
JPN
8
AUS
9
1991 Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari V12 USA
9
BRA
Ret
SMR
4
MON
12
CAN
7
MEX
Ret
FRA
9
GBR
9
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
12
ITA
Ret
POR
4
ESP
13
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
11th 6
1992 Scuderia Italia SpA BMS Dallara 192 Ferrari V12 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
6
SMR
6
MON
Ret
CAN
8
FRA
10
GBR
15
GER
11
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
8
POR
Ret
JPN
10
AUS
Ret
16th 2
1993 Minardi Team Minardi M193 Ford V8 RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR
Ret
GER
14
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
POR
8
JPN
10
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1994 Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M193B Ford V8 BRA
8
PAC
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
5
21st 4
Minardi M194 CAN
9
FRA
5
GBR
10
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
Ret
POR
12
EUR
15
JPN
Ret
AUS
9
1995 Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M195 Ford V8 BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
12
ESP
14
MON
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1984 France BP Résidences Malardeau
Italy Scuderia Jolly Club
France Xavier Lapeyre
Italy Beppe Gabbiani
Lancia LC2 C1 117 DNF DNF
1996 Germany Joest Racing Italy Michele Alboreto
Belgium Didier Theys
TWR Porsche WSC-95 LMP1 300 DNF DNF
1997 Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Italy Christian Pescatori
Brazil Antônio Hermann de Azevedo
Porsche 911 GT1 GT1 317 8th 4th
1998 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Germany Joachim Winkelhock
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
BMW V12 LM LMP1 43 DNF DNF
1999 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Joachim Winkelhock
France Yannick Dalmas
BMW V12 LMR LMP 365 1st 1st

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Nyberg, Rainer; Diepraam, Mattijs (2001). "Minardi's F1 debut was with a Ferrari!". 8w.forix.com (Autosport/FORIX). Retrieved 2011-02-02. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Oscar Larrauri
European Formula Three Champion
1983
Succeeded by
Ivan Capelli
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
Allan McNish
Stéphane Ortelli
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1999 with:
Yannick Dalmas
Joachim Winkelhock
Succeeded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro