Former Fondmetal pilot Andrea Chiesa is turning 46 today!
Born in Milan to a Swiss family, Andrea was the runner-up in the 1987 Italian F3 championship, and graduated to Formula 3000 where he spent four seasons and only picked up one race win in his inconsistent array of results.
Despite the apparent lack of results, he was appointed to the expanded Fondmetal F1 team as team-mate to Gabriele Tarquini for the 1992 season. Perhaps fielding a two-car team was too much for the little outfit, as Chiesa was very much out of his depth, and qualified for just three races (retiring from each with either a spin or collision) before being shown the door after the German GP.
He made a brief appearance in the 1993 IndyCar series, but has since (sporadically) raced in sports cars.
[Original image via F1 Facts]
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