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Corrado Fabi

12th April 1961 (Age 59)
Milan, Lombardy
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The younger of the Fabi brothers was actually the first to race karts when he was just 12 years old. With a six-year age gap, it was inevitable that Teo would progress to cars quicker as soon as he took his sibling’s lead.

Impressive early racing career

Corrado Fabi made his own car racing debut in Formula 3 in the middle of 1979 when driving Teo’s old March 783-Toyota. After a promising half-season in the Italian series that included third place at Vallelunga, he joined the semi-works Euroracing March team for the 1980 European F3 Championship.

Despite just six car races to his name, Fabi’s March 803-Alfa Romeo won twice and he finished a creditable and close third in the points behind team-mate Michele Alboreto. It seemed the younger Fabi was a prodigious talent.

The teenager accepted an offer to immediately graduate to Formula 2 in 1981 with a works March 812-BMW. He qualified on the front row for his debut at Silverstone and finished third in the English drizzle. On pole at the Nürburgring, a winner at Mugello and a Brabham Formula 1 test completed an impressive season.

Fifth in the F2 championship, he remained with March for 1982 and fought out a close title battle with team-mate Johnny Cecotto. Fabi prevailed at the final round by a single point to become the youngest champion in F2 history. He was also second in the Mugello 1000Kms that year when sharing a Lancia LC1 with Alessandro Nannini.

Stuttering Formula 1 form

With such a rapid and successful ascent through the formulae, his maiden Grand Prix season was a jolt to the system. Rather than graduate at the front of the grid as in previous categories, Fabi joined Italian minnows Osella and struggled throughout 1983.

Keen to re-establish his reputation, he agreed to substitute in Teo’s Brabham-BMW during 1984 when his brother was committed to conflicting Champ Car races. Corrado started just three GPs for the team and finished seventh at Dallas after out-qualifying team-mate Nelson Piquet for the only time. But that proved to be his final F1 start.

Managing the family business

By then Teo had decided his future lay in F1 and so Corrado took his Forsythe Racing drive in Champ Cars. Sixth at Phoenix was his best result from four starts. But when their father – himself a former Abarth racer – died that year, Corrado retired from racing to manage the family businesses.

He did make an uncompetitive two-race return in F3000 during 1987. Intelligent and personable, Corrado Fabi’s racing career did not live up to its early promise.

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