Former Grand Prix driver Alessandro Nannini is reportedly eyeing a career in politics, and is believed to be considering a tilt at the office of the mayor of his Italian hometown, Siena.

The 51-year-old was a popular F1 driver in the 1980s with Minardi and Benetton, winning the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix at which Ayrton Senna was disqualified from after his title-ending collision with McLaren team-mate Alain Prost.

  Alessandro Nannini could be running for the mayor’s office 
Alessandro Nannini could be running for the mayor’s office [Image via The Cahier Archive]

Nannini’s career was ended in the most tragic of circumstances when his his right arm was severed in a helicopter crash the following year. His arm was successfully reattached with lengthy microsurgery, and despite his F1 career being finished, he ploughed out a successful career in touring cars before retiring from motorsport in the mid-1990s.

Alessandro Nannini is set to run for the mayor of SienaItaly’s Autosprint has claimed that a decision on his political aspirations is imminent.

“I will speak when a decision is taken,” Nannini is reportedly quoted as saying by the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper.

Nannini certainly isn’t the only former F1 figure to have attempted an entry into the world of politics. Former race-winner Carlos Reutemann was one of Argentina’s most high-profile senators, while former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi unsuccessfully ran for the position of mayor of his hometown, Faenza, in last year’s local government elections.

[Original images via Gruppo Nannini and The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.