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Emanuele Naspetti

24th February 1968 (Age 52)
Ancona, Marche
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Successful during his formative years, Emanuele Naspetti’s Formula 1 career was short and in complete contrast. He made his car racing debut in Italian Formula 3 in 1987 – in a Forti Corse Dallara-Alfa Romeo that year and the next. He won three times during that second season to beat Mauro Martini to the 1998 championship.

Eventual success in Formula 3000

Naspetti was chosen by the well-funded Q8 Team Ford/Roni Motorsport team for his maiden Formula 3000 season in 1989. His Reynard 89D-Cosworth was fifth at Vallelunga but that was his only points finish of an inconsistent and sometimes crash-prone campaign.

It was a similar story in 1990 when Naspetti was part of Eddie Jordan’s three-car Camel-sponsored team. The year began in tragic circumstances at Donington Park when Naspetti locked wheels with the DAMS Lola of Allan McNish. The Scot’s car was launched over the wall and a spectator was killed.

But a return to Forti Corse for 1991 and a mid-season switch from Lola to Reynard chassis transformed Naspetti into a championship challenger. He scored four successive victories but ultimately had to settle for third in the standings behind Christian Fittipaldi and Alex Zanardi.

Graduation to Formula 1

He began 1992 with Forti and won at Pau before abandoning F3000 when invited to replace Paul Belmondo in the March F1 team for the last five races of the season. He showed well in comparison to more experienced team-mate Karl Wendlinger but his March CG911-Ilmor could finish no higher than 11th in Portugal.

He joined Jordan as test driver for the following season and made a one-off appearance in the Hart-powered car in the 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix – retiring after his engine caught fire after just eight laps.

Subsequent career

A move to Japanese F3000 followed but it was in the Italian Touring Car Championship that Naspetti re-established himself. Third in 1996, Naspetti won the title with a BMW 320i and finished third in the Spa 24 hours during 1997. He continued to race in saloons and sports cars throughout the 2000s – most recently in the Italian Porsche Carrera Cup.

Championship seasons