The man who drive for three teams that all folded within the space of 18 months – termed by F1 Rejects as the “mid-90s reject team triumvirate” – is turning 46 today!
Yes, Andrea Montermini, the former Simtek, Pacific and Forti driver is celebrating another birthday milestone today!
The Italian-born racer competed in 29 Grands Prix between 1994-6, making his debut at the Spanish Grand Prix with Simtek as the replacement for the fatally-injured Roland Ratzenberger. Sadly, fate was to deal another cruel blow to the little Simtek team, as Andrea crashed heavily at the final corner of the Curcuit de Catalunya, breaking his left heel and right foot, and ruling him out of action for the rest of the year.
He returned in 1995 with the Pacific team, and drove for the Forti team in 1996 until it collapsed mid-season.
Andrea has also been an occasional Champ Car racer in 1993-4 and 1999. He picked up a remarkable 4th place at the Detroit round in his first season for the poorly-funded Euromotorsport Team.
Since the 2000s, Andrea has been a fixture in GT racing, and won the 2007 International GT Open’s GTA Class championship in a Ferrari F430.
[Original image via F1 Facts]
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