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Vincenzo Sospiri

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Vincenzo Sospiri
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 1997
Team(s) Mastercard Lola
Races 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
First race 1997 Australian Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1997 Australian Grand Prix


Vincenzo Sospiri (born October 7, 1966) is an Italian racing driver.

Born in Forlì, he won the European Formula 3000 championship in 1995 driving for the Super Nova team. He had tested for the Simtek Formula One team at Estoril in 1994, but was unable to raise enough funds to gain a race seat at the time. In 1996 he was Benetton's test driver.

Sospiri finally got his chance to race in Formula One with the MasterCard Lola project in 1997. Unfortunately it was clear from the first race, where both Sospiri and his team mate Ricardo Rosset were more than 10 seconds off the pace and failed to qualify, that the car was not capable of making the grid in a world championship race. Sospiri quit the team, which collapsed shortly afterwards without competing again.

Vincenzo Sospiri has since turned his attention to other sports, driving the remainder of the 1997 season, including the Indianapolis 500, in the Indy Racing League. In 1998 and 1999, he won the Sports Racing World Cup with a Ferrari 333 SP, teaming up with Emmanuel Collard, and also drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He retired from racing in 2001 and is now the team manager for the Euronova team in Italian Formula 3000.


Complete Formula One results

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