Enrico Bertaggia

Born:
19th September 1964 (Age 55)
Noale, Veneto
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Enrico Bertaggia was the first driver to win both the prestigious Monaco and Macau Formula 3 races in the same season. But a succession of failures to qualify litters his international single-seater résumé.

Early career in Formula 3 and F3000

A former karting prodigy, the Italian made his F3 debut in 1984 and was ninth in the following year's national championship when driving a Ralt RT30-Alfa Romeo. 1987 was Bertaggia’s breakthrough season – his Forti Corse Dallara F387-Alfa Romeo winning three times to snatch the Italian title from early-season pacesetter Andrea Chiesa.

However, he endured a difficult graduation to Formula 3000 in 1988, finally qualifying Forti’s unloved Dallara F3087-Cosworth at Monza where he finished seventh on one of only four starts all season. But Bertaggia stepped back to F3 for Monaco and Macau and his Forti Dallara F388-Alfa Romeo won both.

Formula 1 struggles with Coloni and Andrea Moda

He continued to struggle in F3000 at the start of 1989 but replaced Pierre-Henri Raphanel in the Coloni Formula 1 team from the Belgian Grand Prix. Even the experienced and highly capable Roberto Moreno struggled in the Coloni C3-Ford and Bertaggia never made it through pre-qualifying in six attempts.

The team was acquired by Italian shoe magnate Andrea Sassetti and Bertaggia began 1992 with the renamed but even less competitive Andrea Moda. That proved another thankless task and he disappeared from F1 after two appearances in which he did not even attempt to qualify – excluded in South Africa and withdrawn in Mexico.

He returned to F3000 – winning a British Championship race later that year before embarking on a full campaign in the 1993 FIA series. His private Reynard 92D-Cosworth survived the carnage at Enna-Pergusa to finish fifth – his best result at this level. However, it was his last season in single-seaters before switching to GTs with a Calloway Corvette in 1994.

Bertaggia now directs Ferrari’s British-based, non-F1 motorsport activities.