Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ivan Capelli Born In Milan, Italy - May 24, 1963

May 24, 1963
Ivan Capelli
(Photo; "Capelli 1991" by StuSeeger - Flickr.com)
Born in Milan, Italy.
He participated in 98 Formula One Grands Prix. He achieved three podiums, and scored a total of 31 championship points. Capelli began his career as a kart driver when he was 15 years old, and after four years he moved to the Italian Formula Three Championship.

In 1983 he became Italian Formula Three champion, after dominating the series with nine victories. After that he moved with the Coloni team to the European Formula Three Championship, and here he was the champion again in 1984.

In 1985 he graduated to the European Formula 3000 Championship with a Genoa Racing March-Cosworth and won one race. The same year he debuted in Formula One, driving a Tyrrell at the European Grand Prix (despite never having driven at Brands Hatch before), and finished fourth in Australia. Nevertheless, he was not picked up for a full-time Formula One drive in 1986.

Instead, he contested the 1986 Formula 3000 Championship, still with Genoa Racing, and also raced a BMW in the European Touring Car Championship. He did race several times in F1 with the AGS team. Meanwhile, Cesare Gariboldi, boss of Genoa Racing, was working with Robin Herd of March to create a new Formula One team. Capelli was a core component in their plans. By now, Capelli and Gariboldi had an almost father-son relationship. In 1987 Capelli was in Formula One full-time with the March team, led by Gariboldi.

Following his exit from Formula One in 1993, he raced a Nissan Primera with mixed results in German Supertouring for BMS Scuderia Italia and later took part in the Trofeo Maserati one-make series. He also became a Formula One commentator on Italian TV station Rai 1 and remains a popular personality in the paddock. Having come to terms with the disappointment of Ferrari, he has regained the happy disposition which had originally made him popular.

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