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Alessandro Nannini

Nannini Imola 1986.jpg
Alessandro Nannini
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 1986 - 1990
Team(s) Minardi, Benetton
Races 78
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 9
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win 1989 Japanese Grand Prix
Last win n/a
Last race 1990 Spanish Grand Prix
Video Onboard F1 with Alessandro Nannini at the 1989 Monza


Alessandro Nannini (born July 7, 1959) is a former Formula One driver from Italy. He is the younger brother of rock-singer Gianna Nannini.

Biography

Nannini, often referred to as Sandro, was born in Siena in 1959. He participated in 78 Formula 1 grands prix, debuting on March 23, 1986. He won 1 race, achieved 9 podiums, and scored a total of 65 championship points. After joining Benetton for 1988 he immediately impressed, qualifying fourth for his second race in the team, and finishing 3rd at Silverstone. In the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix he lay 3rd behind the two McLaren cars when Ayrton Senna tried an over-optimistic overtaking move, and Alain Prost turned in on him, knowing that a point-less race from Senna would give him the title. Senna rejoined after being push-started, and pitted to replace his front wing, rejoining behind Nannini. He overtook him to win the race, but was disqualified for the outside assistance, handing Nannini what proved to be his only Formula 1 win.

One week after the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix he was involved in a helicopter crash in Siena and suffered a major hand injury. The injury healed thanks to successful microsurgery but it ended his Formula One career.

Despite regaining only partial use of his right hand, Nannini was able to carve out a successful career in touring car racing with Alfa Romeo in the 1990s. A number of strong victories reminded the motorsport world what might have been had his Grand Prix career not been cut so tragically short.

Nannini competed for Mercedes in the 1997 FIA GT Championship finishing 6th overall before hanging up his helmet. He now runs a chain of upmarket cafes bearing his name, with branches as far flung as Indonesia.














Complete Formula One results

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Team WDC Points
1986 Minardi BRA
Ret
ESP
DNS
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
MEX
14
AUS
Ret
Minardi - 0
1987 Minardi BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
11
AUT
Ret
ITA
16
POR
11
ESP
Ret
MEX
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
Minardi - 0
1988 Benetton BRA
Ret
SMR
6
MON
Ret
MEX
7
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
6
GBR
3
GER
18
HUN
Ret
BEL
DSQ
ITA
9
POR
Ret
ESP
3
JPN
5
AUS
Ret
Benetton 10th 12
1989 Benetton BRA
6
SMR
3
MON
8
MEX
4
USA
Ret
CAN
DSQ
FRA
Ret
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
5
ITA
Ret
POR
4
ESP
Ret
JPN
1
AUS
2
Benetton 6th 32
1990 Benetton USA
11
BRA
10
SMR
3
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
4
FRA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
Ret
BEL
4
ITA
8
POR
6
ESP
3
JPN
AUS
Benetton 8th 21

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