The last man to ever attempt to qualify a Coloni for a Grand Prix is celebrating his 44th birthday today.

Naoki Hattori, born in Tokyo, won the Japanese Formula 3 championship in 1990 and raised the necessary funds to attempt to qualify the useless Coloni C4 for the final two rounds of the season in Suzuka and Adelaide (pictured). Needless to say, he Naoki Hattoriemulated his predecessor Pedro Chaves by failing to get past prequalifying in either attempt.

Thereafter, he dabbled in the Indy Lights in the mid 1990s, and briefly appeared for Walker Racing in a few CART outings in 1999, achieving a best finish of 14th. He also participated in a few test sessions for the abortive DOME F1 project in 1997.

Hattori now works as a journalist and presenter for the Best Motoring video series in Japan.

[Original image via Global F1]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.