For a driver who achieved so much so early, Ivan Capelli’s post-F1 career has been relatively quiet. From 1994 for three seasons he raced a Nissan Primera in Germany’s STW championship. “We were up against Audi and BMW, both of whom had bigger budgets,” he says. “At the end of ’96 I received a call from one of the Nissan management at Germany and he asked what passport I had. I said, ‘Italian.’ He replied, ‘Okay, next season we will be using German drivers,’ and put the phone down! That’s how it ended.”
Capelli made his single Le Mans appearance in 1995 in a Honda NSX but the car lasted only seven laps.
“I spent many years as an F1 analyst with RAI and had to attend every grand prix,” he says. “That meant I was unable to commit to a championship programme, though I did a few races in the Italian GT Championship for fun.”