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Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi

31st August 1942 (Age 77)
Bergamo, Lombardy
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Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi was an Italian hopeful who briefly raced in Formula 1 during 1976. He joined the world championship at the German Grand Prix with Scuderia Gulf Rondini’s ex-works Tyrrell 007-Ford. Described in Autocourse as "slow but not incompetent", he qualified for three of the four races entered and was a lapped finisher on each occasion. Eleventh position in Austria proved his best result in a world championship race.

Racing career away from Formula 1

Previous to that brief F1 career, Pesenti-Rossi had been a race winning driver in Italian Formula 3 when driving the Jolly Club’s Brabhams. A switch to a Citta del Mille GRD 374-Ford for 1974 yielded two victories at Monza that included the important Lotteria. Pesenti-Rossi then steered an Equipe Nationale March 732-BMW to sixth position on his Formula 2 debut at Hockenheim in the penultimate round of 1974.

He continued in both F2 and F3 during 1975 and proved consistent in the former with a Gulf Rondini March 742-BMW. His highlight was second place on aggregate in the Trofeo Etienne Aigner at Mugello – one of five points finishes as Pesenti-Rossi finished ninth in the European F2 Championship.

He came agonisingly close to winning that year’s Italian F3 title after his March 743-Toyota won at Varano. A point behind Luciano Pavesi as he entered the final round at Vallelunga, he was leading when the race was abandoned after two laps due to heavy rain with no result declared.

With his F1 adventures over, he returned to F2 in 1977 as part of the AFMP Euroracing squad. However, the team suffered financially with backer Sandro Angeleri later leaving the scene. Pesenti-Rossi did finish fourth on four occasions to clinch ninth in the series again. He only appeared in F2 once more when he was unable to qualify a Trivellato Chevron B42-BMW at Hockenheim in 1978.