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Nicola Larini
Nationality Italy Italian
Date of birth March 19, 1964 (1964-03-19) (age 45)
Place of birth Lido di Camaiore
Related to Andrea Larini (brother)
2010 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2005
Current team Chevrolet
Car no. 14
Starts 107
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 5th in 2007
Previous series
2002-03
2000-01
1991-92, 1998-99
19871992, 1994, 1997
1995-96
1993-95
1986=87
1984-86
1983
ETCC
European Super Touring
Italian Superturismo
Formula One
ITC
DTM
F3000 International
Itlalian F3
Formula Fiat Abarth
Championship titles
1993
1992
1986
DTM
Italian Superturismo
Italian F3
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19871992, 1994, 1997
Teams Coloni, Osella, Ligier, Modena, Ferrari, Sauber
Races 75 (50 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1987 Italian Grand Prix
Last race 1997 Monaco Grand Prix

Nicola Larini (born March 19, 1964) is a racing driver from Italy. He participated in 75 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on September 6, 1987. He finished second in the infamous 1994 San Marino Grand Prix on a substitute outing for Ferrari, but only scored points once more in his career. He enjoyed greater success in Touring Car racing, primarily for Alfa Romeo.

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Career History

Larini was born in Lido di Camaiore, Tuscany. He began car racing in Formula Italia in 1983, then moved up to Formula Abarth in 1984, placing third overall. He also started in Italian Formula Three the same season. In 1986 he won the title for Coloni in a Dallara, and briefly drove for the same team in Formula 3000 the following year. His rapid ascendancy continued when Coloni entered the final two European rounds of the 1987 Formula One season. Larini failed to qualify for the Italian Grand Prix, but got into the Spanish Grand Prix, only to retire early on.

For the 1988 season he was signed by the Osella Formula One team, and drew good notices for his valiant performances in the hugely uncompetitive car, with a best result of 9th in the Monaco Grand Prix. He would continue with Osella in the 1989 season, their much-improved car suffering from the lottery of pre-qualifying. However, Larini continued to shine, running 6th at the San Marino Grand Prix until a hub failure, and running third at the Canadian Grand Prix until an electrical failure. He would also qualify 10th for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The 1990 Formula One season saw a move up the grid to the Ligier team, but the well-funded French team were at a creative dead-end and the car was a distinct midfielder. A brace of seventh places were Larini's best results in a low-key year, although he easily outshone Philippe Alliot in the other Ligier.

Larini then moved to the new Modena team for the 1991 season, once again having to face pre-qualifying. He got through in the opening round, the United States Grand Prix, and held on for seventh place, but the team would develop acute financial difficulties, and were unable to progress. As a result, Larini would only qualify for four more races.

For the 1992 season, he was out of luck for a Grand Prix drive, but was signed by Ferrari to develop their active suspension system. Larini kept his racing instincts sharp by winning the Italian Touring Car Championship for Alfa Romeo, and was called up to the Ferrari Formula One team for the end of the year, replacing Ivan Capelli to race-test the active suspension car. He made a fair impression, but started both races from the back of the grid for technical reasons. However, 1993 saw more Ferrari testing and touring cars, this time taking the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft title in Germany for Alfa Romeo.

In 1994, he would have another chance with Ferrari in Formula One, replacing the injured Jean Alesi early in the season. He qualified seventh at the Pacific Grand Prix, but along with Ayrton Senna was eliminated at the first corner by Mika Häkkinen. Then at the San Marino Grand Prix he took second place, but his first points score was overshadowed by the tragic deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. It was back to touring cars with Alfa for the rest of the year, with Larini placing third in the German series.

Alfa would drop off the pace for the next two years, with Larini placing sixth in the German series in 1995, and 11th in the Italian series in 1996. However, 1997 would see his Ferrari connections land him a seat with Sauber, who were using rebranded Ferrari engines. Larini scored a point on his return at the Australian Grand Prix, but left after five races after a series of disagreements with Peter Sauber.

Since then Larini has been a stalwart in touring cars, for Alfa Romeo for many years, and since 2005 for Chevrolet in WTCC (World Touring Car Championship). On November 21, 2009, he announced that he is quitting his professional racing driver career, but will not stop racing completely[1]. His younger brother Andrea Larini is also a racing driver.

  • Championships
    • 1986 - Italian Formula 3 Champion Dallara Alfa Romeo Marlboro
    • 1992 - Italiano Superturismo Champion - Alfa Romeo 155 GTA turbo
    • 1993 - DTM Champion - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 2.5 TI DTM


Racing Record

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Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1987 Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems Coloni FC-187 Ford DFZ 3.5 L V8 BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA
DNQ
POR ESP
Ret
MEX
JPN AUS NC 0
1988 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1 Osella 1.5 L V8T BRA
DNQ
SMR
DSQ
MON
9
MEX
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
USE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
19
GER
Ret
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
12
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNPQ
NC 0
1989 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1M89 Ford DFR 3.5 L V8 BRA
DSQ
SMR
12
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
Ret
POR
DNPQ
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1990 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS33 Ford DFR 3.5 L V8 USA
Ret
BRA
11
SMR
10
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
16
FRA
14
GBR
10
GER
10
HUN
11
BEL
14
ITA
11
POR
10
ESP
7
JPN
7
AUS
10
NC 0
1991 Modena Team SpA Lambo 291 Lamborghini 3.5 L V12 USA
7
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
Ret
HUN
16
BEL
DNQ
ITA
16
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1992 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari F92A Ferrari 3.5 L V12 RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN
12
AUS
11
NC 0
1994 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1 Ferrari 3.5 L V12 BRA PAC
Ret
SMR
2
MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS 14th 6
1997 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas 3.0 L V10 AUS
6
BRA
11
ARG
Ret
SMR
7
MON
Ret
ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 19th 1

Complete WTCC results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2005 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA FRA UK SMR MEX BEL GER TUR ESP MAC 16th 9
24 15 17 13 Ret DNS 13 11 10 7 17 18 17 11 NC Ret 7 Ret 4 10
2006 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA FRA UK GER BRA MEX CZE TUR ESP MAC 12th 24
27 7 11 8 NC 12 14 21 Ret DNS 15 Ret 11 7 7 3 3 4 22 DNS
2007 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA NED ESP FRA CZE POR SWE GER UK ITA MAC 5th 71
Ret 10 2 4 2 5 Ret 11 5 6 3 20 7 2 Ret 21 Ret 12 4 2 7 2
2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA MEX ESP FRA CZE POR UK GER EUR ITA JPN MAC 11th 48
Ret 12 3 Ret 6 9 7 2 11 11 2 6 23 12 Ret 11 6 4 5 3 16 12 9 Ret
2009 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRA MEX MAR FRA ESP CZE POR UK GER ITA JPN MAC 13th 27
15 15 8 10 6 1 NC 9 11 13 Ret 13 5 Ret 22 17 15 6 Ret 16 12 5 12 7

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franco Forini
Italian Formula Three Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Enrico Bertaggia
Preceded by
Roberto Ravaglia
Italian Touring Car Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Roberto Ravaglia
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
German Touring Car Champion
1993
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig

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