Nicola Larini

Full Name:
Nicola Giuseppe Larini
Born:
19th March 1964 (Age 55)
Lido di Camaiore, Tuscany
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Nicola Larini struggled with a succession of less-than competitive teams for most of his time in Formula 1. When he finally received his big break with Ferrari and scored the best result of his career, that achievement was all-but forgotten on one of F1’s darkest days.

Early racing career

The Italian began racing cars in Formula Italia during 1983 and he finished third in the following season’s Italian Formula Abarth Championship. He also made his Formula 3 debut that year and Larini beat a competitive field to win the 1986 Italian F3 Championship with an Enzo Coloni Racing Dallara F386-Alfa Romeo.

Formula 1 debut with Coloni

Coloni was an ambitious team and Larini benefited by making a one-off Formula 3000 appearance at Enna-Pergusa that year and graduating to F1 at the 1987 Italian Grand Prix. He failed to qualify its Coloni FC187-Ford at Monza but Larini made his debut in the Spanish GP at Jerez.

He switched to the tiny Osella team for the 1988 and 1989 seasons and shone on occasion – running in an unexpected third in the 1989 Canadian GP only to retire. Rewarded with a move to Ligier for 1990, he proved consistent (finishing all but three races) although he did not score a point all season. He endured a final full F1 campaign with the slow and underfinanced newcomers Modena Team Lamborghini in 1991.

Ferrari test driver and touring car success

Rather than continue to struggle at the wrong end of the pitlane, Larini joined Ferrari as test driver for 1992 and was rewarded with races in the last two GPs of the season when the disappointing Ivan Capelli was relieved of his duties. Larini also started his successful touring car career with Alfa Romeo that season and immediately won the Italian Championship before adding the prestigious German DTM title a year later.

When Jean Alesi was injured testing at Mugello at the start of 1994, Ferrari again turned to Larini for a couple of GPs. He crashed with Ayrton Senna at the start of his comeback in the Pacific GP at Aida and finished in a strong second position at Imola. However, his first points score in 44 attempts was totally overshadowed in the wake of Senna’s death that day.

Subsequent career

Larini was back in F1 with Sauber-Petronas at the start of 1997 – the team leasing rebadged Ferrari engines and hiring Larini as part of the package. He finished sixth in Australia before leaving the team after five acrimonious races. Larini returned to touring cars and raced for Alfa Romeo and then Chevrolet in the European and World Championships from 2001 until 2009. He finished as runner-up in the 2001 ETCC with a Nordauto Alfa Romeo 156.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2009 World Touring Car Championship
RML
24 1 1 1
5% win rate
13th 27
2008 World Touring Car Championship
RML
24 1 4 0
0% win rate
11th 48
2007 World Touring Car Championship
RML
22 0 6 0
0% win rate
5th 71
2006 World Touring Car Championship
RML
18 (2) 0 2 0
0% win rate
12th 24
2005 World Touring Car Championship
RML
19 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 9
1997 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Sauber Petronas
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 1
1996 International Touring Car Series
Alfa Corse
25 (1) 4 4 2
8% win rate
11th 95
1995 International Touring Car Series
Alfa Corse
9 (1) 2 3 1
12% win rate
4th 59
1995 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Alfa Corse
14 0 5 0
0% win rate
6th 71
1994 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
14th 6
1994 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Alfa Corse
21 2 9 4
20% win rate
3rd 150
1993 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Alfa Corse
22 6 15 11
50% win rate
1st 261
1992 Italian SuperTurismo Championship 1st -
1992 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1991 F1 World Championship
Modena Team
5 (11) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 F1 World Championship
Equipe Ligier Gitanes
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1989 F1 World Championship
Osella Squadra Corse
8 (8) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1988 F1 World Championship
Osella Squadra Corse
10 (6) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 F1 World Championship
Enzo Coloni Racing Car System
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 FIA International F3000 Championship
Forti Corse
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 World Touring Car Championship
Alfa Corse
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
35th 30
1986 FIA International F3000 Championship
Coloni Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1986 European F3 Cup
Enzo Coloni Racing
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
0
1986 Italian F3 Championship 1st -
1985 European F3 Cup
Enzo Coloni Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0