Alessandro Nannini  Italy

  • Full name Alessandro Nannini
  • Birth date July 7, 1959
  • Birthplace Siena, Italy
  • Current age 55 years 110 days
  • Teams Benetton, Minardi
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1986 Minardi 16 14 0 0 1 14 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
1987 Minardi 16 16 0 0 3 11 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1988 Benetton 16 16 0 2 8 3 0 0 4 1 0 12 10
1989 Benetton 16 16 1 4 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 32 6
1990 Benetton 14 14 0 3 10 2 0 0 4 1 0 21 8
Total 78 76 1 9 31 1 0 0 3 2 0 65
Race Circuit Date
First race Brazilian Grand Prix Jacarepaguá March 23, 1986 Race results
Last race Spanish Grand Prix Jerez September 30, 1990 Race results
Profile

Sandro Nannini's Formula One career was cut short when an arm was severed in a helicopter accident. Micro-surgery reattached the limb, and Alessandro became a race-winner in the German Touring series. Given his chance in Formula One with Minardi, he was more than a match for Andrea de Cesaris before joining Benetton in 1988, where he sometimes outpaced team-mate Thierry Boutsen. He won in Japan in 1989 when Ayrton Senna was disqualified and, after being outshone by Nelson Piquet, came of age in the second part of 1990. He was pipped by Senna in Germany after a brilliant drive, and lost in Hungary after being elbowed out of the way by Senna. But then, after he finished third in Spain, and a contract with Ferrari was rumoured, came the helicopter crash. Fighting back valiantly, he starred for Alfa Romeo on the international touring car scene until 1997, when he joined Mercedes' works sports car team.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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November 5, 1989

Alessandro Nannini on his way to second place at the Australian Grand Prix

     

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