|Formula 1 world championship|
|First start:||1981 San Marino Grand Prix|
|Last start:||1994 Australian Grand Prix|
|1981–1983 Tyrrell • 1984–1988 Ferrari • 1989 Tyrrell , Larrousse • 1990–1992 Arrows / Footwork • 1993 BMS Scuderia Italia • 1994 Minardi|
|World Cup balance:||Vice World Champion ( 1985 )|
|World Cup points :||186.5|
|Leadership laps :||219 over 937 km|
|First race:||Hockenheimring I 1995|
|Last race:||Hockenheimring II 1995|
|1995 Schübel ( Alfa Romeo )|
Michele Alboreto (born December 23, 1956 in Milan , † April 25, 2001 in Schipkau , Germany ) was an Italian racing driver . He started in Formula 1 between 1981 and 1994 and became vice world champion in a Ferrari in 1985 . In 1997 Alboreto achieved overall victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race . In 2001 he died in an accident during test drives at the Lausitzring .
The son of an Italian and a Libyan woman won the European Formula 3 Championship in 1980 for the Euroracing team . The following year he took part in both the Formula 2 European Championship and the Formula 1 World Championship .
In 1981 he made his Formula 1 debut with the Tyrrell team, for which he drove until 1983 . Tyrrell was technically weak, the team had financial problems and, as one of the last racing teams in Formula 1, still used naturally aspirated engines, the performance of which lagged significantly behind the turbo engines. In his first Formula 1 year, Alboreto did not score any world championship points. In 1982 and 1983 Alboreto won a world championship run. The victory at the Grand Prix of the USA East in 1983 was initially the last Formula 1 victory for a naturally aspirated car and at the same time the last success for Tyrrell in Formula 1.
At the beginning of the 1984 season Alboreto was signed by Ferrari , where he stayed for five years (1984 to 1988). Alboreto was the last Italian racing driver personally signed by Enzo Ferrari . Alboreto scored three victories with Ferrari. His most successful year was the 1985 season , in which he led the drivers' standings until the middle of the season and which he finally finished as runner-up behind Alain Prost after a series of failures at the end of the season .
In the 1989 season he started for Tyrrell, but was sacked after a few races due to disputes with team boss Ken Tyrrell and conflicts between Alboretos sponsor Marlboro and the team-supporting competitor brand Camel . After a few races off, Alboreto moved to Larrousse later in the season and to Arrows in 1990 , where he stayed for three years. In the 1991 season, the racing team was bought by a Japanese multimillionaire who changed the team's name from Arrows to Footwork. In 1991 Porsche supplied the engines for a number of races, but prematurely ended the possible comeback in the premier class of motorsport due to a lack of success. In 1993, Michele Alboreto joined the team at BMS Scuderia Italia , which, however, was unable to provide him and his teammate Luca Badoer with competitive equipment.
Alboreto ended his Formula 1 career with Minardi- Ford at the end of 1994 ; Among other things because of the serious accidents this season, some of which resulted from the fact that the Formula 1 cars of this year were very difficult to control due to changes in the regulations. Alboreto was affected by the fateful 1994 San Marino Grand Prix itself - after a pit stop, his vehicle lost a wheel that injured several mechanics. Alboreto scored five Grand Prix victories in its 194 starts.
After his Formula 1 time, Alboreto moved to Alfa Romeo in the German Touring Car Championship in 1995 . In 1996 he competed in the Indy Racing League . In 1996 he started to drive endurance racing, where he wanted to end his career. 1997 he won with his former teammate at Ferrari and Footowork Stefan Johansson and Tom Kristensen on a Joest - Porsche , the 24-hour race at Le Mans .
On April 25, 2001, around 5:30 p.m., Alboreto had a fatal accident during test drives for the 24-hour race in Le Mans on the DEKRA Test Oval next to the EuroSpeedway Lausitz . After a tire damage on the rear axle of his Audi R8 racing car at 300 km / h, the vehicle broke away and took off, rolled over several times, flew over the guard rails and landed next to the track. Michele Alboreto died at the scene of the accident.
He left a wife and two daughters with whom he had lived in Monte Carlo .
Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship
Grand Prix victories
Le Mans results
|1981||Lancia||Lancia Beta Montecarlo||Eddie Cheever||Carlo Facetti||Rank 8|
|1982||Martini Racing||Lancia LC1||Teo Fabi||Rolf Stommelen||failure||Engine failure|
|1983||Martini Racing||Lancia LC2||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Hans Heyer||failure||no fuel pressure|
|1996||Joest Racing||TWR-Porsche WSC-95||Pierluigi Martini||Didier Theys||failure||Electrics|
|1997||Joest Racing||TWR-Porsche WSC-95||Stefan Johansson||Tom Kristensen||Overall victory|
|1998||Joest Racing||Porsche LMP1||Stefan Johansson||Yannick Dalmas||failure||Electrics|
|1999||Audi Sport Team Joest||Audi R8R||Rinaldo Capello||Laurent Aïello||Rank 4|
|2000||Audi Sport Team Joest||Audi R8||Rinaldo Capello||Christian Dept.||Rank 3|
|1995||Scandia Motorsports||Ferrari 333SP||Mauro Baldi||Eric van de Poele||Rank 4|
|1996||Scandia Motorsports||Ferrari 333SP||Mauro Baldi||Andy Evans||Rank 2|
|1999||Audi Sport Team Joest||Audi R8R||Stefan Johansson||Rinaldo Capello||Rank 3|
|2000||Audi Sport North America||Audi R8||Allan McNish||Rinaldo Capello||Rank 2|
|2001||Audi Sport North America||Audi R8||Laurent Aïello||Rinaldo Capello||Overall victory|
Individual results in the sports car world championship
|1980||Lancia||Lancia Beta Montecarlo||DAY||BRH||SEB||MUG||MON||RIV||SIL||ONLY||LEM||DAY||WAT||SPA||MOS||ROA||VAL||DIJ|
|1981||Lancia||Lancia Beta Montecarlo||DAY||SEB||MUG||MON||RIV||SIL||ONLY||LEM||BY||DAY||WAT||SPA||MOS||ROA||BRH|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian racing car driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 23, 1956|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Milan|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 25, 2001|
|Place of death||Schipkau , Germany|