Naoki Hattori

Naoki Hattori, the last man to ever attempt to qualify a Coloni for a Grand Prix, is celebrating his 46th birthday today.

Born in Tokyo, Hattori 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 emulated his predecessor Pedro Chaves by failing to get past prequalifying in either attempt.

Naoki Hattori, 1991 Australian GPThereafter, 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.

[Images via Flickr]

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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.