|Years||F1 1984 – 1985, F1 1988 – 1995|
|Team(s)||Toleman, Minardi, Scuderia Italia|
|Races||124 (119 starts)|
|First race||1984 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last race||1995 German Grand Prix|
He participated in 124 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on September 9, 1984 substituting for Ayrton Senna at the Toleman team. He scored a total of 18 championship points and was synonymous with the Minardi team - indeed aside from a single outing with Toleman and a one-season dalliance with Scuderia Italia, Martini`s entire career was spent with the Italian outfit. He raced with the minnow team in three different stints, drove for them on their debut in 1985, scored their first point in 1988 USA Grand Prix, their only front-row start at 1990 USA Grand Prix (aided by special Pirelli tyres; several of their other drivers had surprise qualifying results that day), their only lap leading a race in the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, and their joint-best F1 result of 4th.
After Formula One, Martini started a successful sportscar career. His first race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 1996 with a Porsche run by Joest Racing. 1997 brought a fourth place finish in a Porsche 911 GT1 which he also raced in the FIA GT Championship that year. In 1998, he joined the brand new Le Mans program of BMW Motorsports.
In 1999, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours together with Yannick Dalmas and Joachim Winkelhock driving for BMW. The team had to fight both Toyota and Mercedes works cars and win the race by a lap from the runner-up Toyota.
Martini came back to motorsports in 2006, competing in the prestigious Grand Prix Masters series for retired Formula One drivers.
Complete Formula One results
- DRIVERS: PIERLUIGI MARTINI, GrandPrix.com