Name Pierluigi Martini
|Entries 124 (119 starts)|
Role Racing driver
|Born 23 April 1961 (age 54)Lugo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (1961-04-23) |
Teams Toleman, Minardi, Scuderia Italia
Similar People Giancarlo Minardi, Michele Alboreto, Paolo Barilla, Andrea de Cesaris, Riccardo Patrese
Active years 1984–1985, 1988–1995
Accident pierluigi martini and christian fittipaldi italian gp 1993 monza
Pierluigi Martini (born 23 April 1961) is an Italian former racing driver. He participated in 124 Formula One Grands Prix (with 119 starts) between 1984 and 1995.
- Accident pierluigi martini and christian fittipaldi italian gp 1993 monza
- Pierluigi martini on a fast lap 1995 spanish gp qualifying
- Early life
- Formula One
- Complete European Formula Two Championship results
- Complete International Formula 3000 results
- Complete Formula One results
Pierluigi martini on a fast lap 1995 spanish gp qualifying
Martini's uncle, Giancarlo Martini, raced during the 1970s, including some non-championship races in a Ferrari 312T entered by Scuderia Everest, a team owned by Giancarlo Minardi. Pierluigi's younger brother, Oliver, is also a racing driver.
Martini participated in 124 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 9 September 1984, driving for Toleman in place of suspended Ayrton Senna at the 1984 Italian Grand Prix. He scored a total of 18 championship points and was synonymous with the Minardi team (run by the same Giancarlo Minardi who had previously owned Scuderia Everest).
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 the 1988 Detroit Grand Prix, their only front-row start at the 1990 United States 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. However, Martini was also one of the drivers who tended to ignoring blue flags. Examples given are the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix when he held up Emanuele Pirro in the Dallara, Stefano Modena in the Tyrrell, and Riccardo Patrese in the Williams for several laps despite running towards the back of the field, and the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix where he blocked Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari when the Austrian tried to lap him. On both occasions Martini was called in for a 10 second stop and go penalty for ignoring blue flags.
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, Martini, Yannick Dalmas and Joachim Winkelhock won the Le Mans 24 Hours. The trio drove for BMW. The team had to fight both Toyota and Mercedes works cars and won the race by a lap from the runner-up Toyota.
Martini returned to motorsports in 2006, competing in the Grand Prix Masters series for retired Formula One drivers.
Complete European Formula Two Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Complete International Formula 3000 results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)
Complete Formula One results