Former Fondmetal F1 driver Andrea Chiesa is today turning 48 years old!
Born in Italy and racing under the Swiss flag, Andrea Chiesa made his open-wheeler debut in the Italian F3 championship in 1986, but he was largely unable to show his promise courtesy of an uncompetitive VW engine.
The 1987 season was better and he won three of the opening four races, but his form faded and he was pipped to the championship title.
A move up to Formula 3000 did little to improve his fortunes – he took just a single championship point – but the following year showed more promise, finishing sixth overall and winning at Enna.
Two more seasons followed in the championship, and it was a surprise when he was announced part of the Fondmetal’s expanded two-car line-up for the 1992 Formula 1 championship season, particularly on the back of his fourth and final F3000 season being particularly off-song.
Out of his depth and doubtlessly given less than top-shelf support in comparison to his number-one team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, Chiesa’s record of three starts, three DNFs and seven DNQs pretty much says it all.
Chiesa has enjoyed rather more success outside of F1, and he has recently competed in the Italian Superstars touring car championship.