Birthday boys: Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi (left) and Miguel Ángel Guerra (right) both competed in four Grands Prix
Former Grand Prix drivers Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi and Miguel Ángel Guerra are celebrating their birthdays today.
Pesenti-Rossi, 68 today, was born in the Italian town of Bergamo and competed in four Formula 1 Grands Prix with a Tyrrell 007 run by Scuderia Gulf Rondini. He debuted at the 1976 German Grand Prix – made infamous for the crash that nearly took Niki Lauda’s life – and finished in 14th place. He participated in three further outings, finishing 11th at Austria, failing to qualify at Zandvoort, and finishing 18th at Monza.
Before moving to F1, Pesenti-Rossi was a regular race-winner in Italian Formula 3, and lost out on winning the 1975 title when the final race of the season was abandoned due to torrential lane as he was en route to win the race!
Ángel Guerra, 57 today, was born in Buernos Aires, who also contested four Formula 1 Grands Prix, making his F1 debut at the season-opening US West Grand Prix in 1981, where he failed to qualify his Osella.
Indeed, Ángel Guerra would fail to qualify for the next two races in Rio de Janeiro and on home soil in Buenos Aires. He finally made the qualifying cut at San Marino, only to be collected by the MArch of Eliseo Salazar on the first lap. The accident pitched Ángel Guerra into a wall, breaking a wrist and an ankle. He would never return to F1 competition again.
A three-time Argentine Formula 2 champion, Ángel Guerra also won his native Touring Car championship in 1989.